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THE PILGRIM 



VO L. 44 JANUARY, 1997 No_i 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from 
fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." I Peter 2: 1 1 



FAREWELL, OLD YEAR 

Farewell, Old Year! 

With goodness crowned, 

A Hand Divine hath set thy bound. 

Welcome, New Year 

Which shall bring 

Fresh blessings from 

My God and King! 
The old we leave without a tear; 
The new we hail without a fear. 

Because I know 

That o'er it all 

Rules He Who notes 

The sparrow's fall. 

-author unknown 
selected from Poe m s For M em ori zation 



THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests on the members of the Old 
Brethren Church Subscript ion rate: $5.00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Publishing editor: Leslie Cover 
Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Rd, Tuolumne, CA 95379. 



NEW YEAR PROSPECT 

Traveling by car across Nevada there are low mountain 
ranges to cross. As you top a range you can see the straight 
road for miles ahead as it dips down into the valley and up the 
bare hills beyond. When we were young we would guess how 
many miles of road we could see till it would disappear over 
the next ridge. 

Beginning to build a house, the young couple could look 
ahead, beyond the mud, concrete, and strewn boards, to a home 
of comfort and peace where they could rear their children and 
host their fiiends. 

After Abraham was separated from Lot, God told him, "Lift 
up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art 
northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: For 
all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy 
seed forever. And I will make thy seed as the dust of the 
earth..." (Gen. 13:14-16) 

The Brethren in Holland in 1729 looked to the New World 
for homes free from persecution. They braved the tedious and 
dangerous voyage across the Atlantic, trusting that God would 
give them a place. All these are views ahead to prospects of the 
future. 

Around 1400 B.C., God had brought the Israelites from 
Egypt as far as Kadesh in the wilderness of Paran on the very 
southern threshold of the land of Canaan. Led by the pillar of 
fire and pillar of cloud, they were no longer a band of 
disorganized slaves. God had given them His law and His order 
of their traveling and their camping. Moses was established as 
leader. They were now ready to march into Canaan, and God 
told them to send spies to search out the land. 



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We too have come to a threshold of time with a view 
toward the fixture; a new year is before us. We cannot send 
spies into the new year, but by faith we can look ahead. We 
have been organized as people of God; our Leader is Jesus. 
God's Holy Spirit leads us by day and by night, and we have His 
Word. 

As we look into this new unit of time, we have two choices 
offered us: (1.) We can move forward by faith, knowing that 
God is still with us and will never leave His own. Or (2.) We 
can look at the giant difficulties the year will surely bring and 
shrink back in fear and distrust. 

The Israelites made the second choice, and the 
consequences were severe. The ten spies that brought the 
dismal report were slain. The congregation was sentenced to 
wander in the wilderness forty years ( a year for each day the 
spies searched the land), and only their children with Caleb and 
Joshua (the two faithful spies) would be brought into the 
promised land. Neither was this the end of their rebellion. 
They tried to go into the land on their own and were beaten 
back. They continued to murmur and rebel against Moses and 
Aaron. 

Our choice must be to move forward with confidence. We 
do not and cannot go into the new year by ourselves. Over and 
over, men have proven their inability to chart their own course. 
If human effort could improve this old world, it certainly would 
have been done by now. The prisons continue to overflow. 
Homes keep breaking apart. Reports of more murders and 
increased immorality are still increasing. 
But God is now and will always be on the throne. His people 
are rearing solid families with faithful children. Young people 
are giving their hearts to God and finding new life. An 
increasing interest in obedience to God's Word is encouraging, 
God is working in His world, and each one who comes to Him 
can find a place of service. The natural beauties of this world 



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still shine and thrill us, but the prospect of a better place pleases 
us still more. 

God's faithfulness has been proven. In spite of their folly, 
Israel reached Canaan. His promises to Abraham are still being 
fulfilled. He brought the brethren to the New World where they 
prospered and expanded. The young couple's house was 
finished, and even the Nevada road was traveled with safety. 

As we look ahead into a new year we can trust our faithful 
God. We do not know exactly how His promises will be 
fulfilled in our lives. But we do know that His way is best for 
us; it is hazardous and foolish to take our own way. May we go 
forward in faith and trust, knowing that "He that dwelleth in the 
secret place of the most high shall abide under the shadow of 
the Almighty." 

Look ahead! Don't look behind! 

The prospect pleases; you will find 

God's faithful hand will see you through, 

And make a place and work to do. 

Look ahead! Those gone before 
Are happy now on that bright shore. 
They filled their place and won the fight; 
We too can reach God's Heaven bright. 

Look ahead! The view is good. 
We would not change it if we could; 
God's way, His will, is always best; 
To take our own won't give us rest. 

Look ahead! This next new year 
Will surely bring its joy and tear, 
But God is on His throne of power; 
We need to trust His grace each hour. 

Look ahead! The best, the joy 
Is yet to come. God will employ 
All ways and means and guiding hand 
To bring His people safe to land. -L.C. 



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SEWER ON TAP? 
"That from without defileth not a roan. 1 ' 

The human body is a wonderful thing. It is able to take in 
food and liquid, and separate the usable elements from the 
harmful or useless. It then uses the good to continue life. The 
waste is discarded. 

Jesus talked about this aspect in Matthew 15. He said, 
"Hear, and understand: Not that which goeth into the mouth 
defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the moutk, this 
defileth a man." The disciples didn't understand, and they asked 
Him what He meant. Then He told them how the body works, 
separating good from bad. He said evil actions that come out 
of a man defile a man, because they come from his heart. 

He said this because the Pharisees and scribes found fault 
with the disciples for eating without washing their hands. We 
have some trouble with that at our house. Sometimes the 
children come to the table with dirty hands, and we require 
them to go wash them. Is that necessary? Did Jesus condemn 
washing for cleanliness? I don't think so. The washings they 
were talking about were for ceremonial purposes, an invention 
of the scribes. It says, "The Jews except they wash oft..." I 
understand they also had a certain way to do it. Jesus said it 
was ridiculous to think that a little dirt taken into the mouth 
would condemn us. The body is designed to handle it, but that 
doesn't mean we can handle any amount of dirt. 

I believe we all realize that too much dirt, or too many 
germs, will overwhelm the body's filtering system, and it will get 
sick or maybe die. This is especially true for children, who 
don't have the immunity of adults. Therefore, we like to have 
fresh well water to drink. Even though we realize there are 
probably some impurities in that, the body seems to handle it 



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quite well. No matter what precautions you take, there are 
going to be some germs that enter the mouth. 

Our houses are plumbed so that good clean water comes in, 
and waste or sewer water goes out. I understand that, with the 
proper processing, even sewer water can be made fit to drink. 
There are many good elements mixed with the bad. But it is 
unthinkable for us to put a U in the sewer line and have "sewer 
on tap 11 in our homes for us and our children to drink, figuring 
our bodies can pick out the good. We probably could handle a 
little bit without getting sick, but sooner or later, maybe in a 
period of stress, our body's filtering system would be 
overwhelmed, and we would get sick or die. We're not made to 
handle unlimited amounts of dirt. Dirt is something we try to be 
careful about, something we try to teach our children to be 
careful about. 

Yet Jesus says that's not what really defiles a man in God's 
sight. It's what comes out of his heart: his actions, his speech, 
his thoughts. Where do the thoughts, speech, and actions of 
our hearts come from? Just like our natural bodies, our spiritual 
part is made up of what we take in. If we are careful about 
what our natural bodies take in, how much more important is 
that which our hearts (minds) take in! Jesus says that's where 
acceptance or condemnation comes from 

Just like our natural bodies, our spiritual bodies need a pure, 
fresh source of water to remain healthy. Our spiritual part is 
also able to filter out impurities. Yet our goal should be to take 
in pure things. This is especially true for our children, who do 
not have as much resistance, or immunity, to evil as adults. 
That's why we try to protect them from evil. That's why we 
have Christian schools. Paul writes in I Cor. 15:33: "Be not 
deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners." What 
we take into the spiritual man does affect what comes out. 

Piaying for the disciples just before His betrayal, Jesus said 
in John 17:15: "I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of 



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the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil." 
Shouldn't our prayer and goal for our children be the same? We 
can't take them out of the world (away from all evil), but we 
must keep them from all we can, lest they become sick or die. 

There's plenty of pure, fresh water available, beginning with 
God's Word. In John 17:17 Jesus says, "Sanctify them through 
thy truth: thy word is truth." Truth is purity. There are also 
many books and periodicals that are based on God's Word, 
which are edifying and upbuilding to pure character. 

But there are probably even more things available that are 
not edifying, but are degrading to the spiritual man. For 
example, take the public information and entertainment media. 
Can we, by any stretching of the imagination, say it's not full of 
evil? I think it could be likened very well to a sewer line. Yes, 
there are some good things in it, but overall and throughout, it 
is evil. We might think we're strong enough to filter through it, 
but what about our children? Even if we think we can 
withstand it, when we're under stress or trial, the impurities we 
take in may tip the scales in the wrong direction, resulting in 
sickness or death. When we're talking spiritual sickness or 
death, it's serious indeed. Remember Paul says in I Cor. 15: 
"Be not deceived* 1 Evidently, deception is involved (good 
mixed with evil). With plenty of pure water available, why try 
to purify a sewer line? Are we doing what we can to keep our 
children from the evil in the world if our children can take in 
evil by turning a knob, or a page, etc.? 

Maybe it would be good for us as parents, especially as 
fathers, to look at our homes and see if we have "sewer on tap." 

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, honest, just, 
pure, lovely, of good report;— think on these things. (Phil. 4:8) 



-Neil Martin 
New Paris, Indiana 



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THE FREE GIFT 
Our family loves the Lord 
Who lives in Heaven above; 
Let's sing a song of praise to Him 
And honor God with love. 

His gift is free to all; 
There is not cost to thee; 
Just seek Him, knock, and call, 
"Oh Lord, please come to me!" 

Reject your sins and turn your thoughts 
To Christ our Brother there, 
Who goes to make a place for us 
In the firmament so fair. 

So please, my friend, I ask of thee, 
"What more contentment could there be?" 
So, purge your soul for Jesus; 
He will keep it pure for "free." 

— Jennifer Crowley, Spring Valley, California 

EVERYONE'S ACCOUNT 

Imagine you had a bank that each morning credited your 
account with $1,440.00 — with one condition: whatever part of 
the $1,440.00 you failed to use during the day would be erased 
from your account, and no balance would be carried over. 

What would you do? You would draw out every cent every 
day and use it to your best advantage. 

Well, you do have such a bank, and its name is TIME. 
Every morning this bank credits you with 1,440 minutes. And it 
writes off as lost forever whatever portion you have failed to 
invest in a good purpose. 

Selected from "Cappers Weekly" February 6, 1996 
by Mary Ellen Lavy 



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SOMETIMES A LIGHT SURPRISES 

Sometimes a light surprises the child of God who sings. 
It is the Lord Who rises with healing in His wings. 
When comforts are declining, He grants the soul again 
A season of clear shining to cheer it after rain. 

In holy contemplation we sweetly then pursue 
The theme of God's salvation, and find it ever new. 
Set free from present sorrow, we cheerfully can say, 
Let the unknown tomorrow bring with it what it may. 

It can bring with it nothing but He will bear us through. 
Who gives the lilies clothing will clothe His people, too. 
Beneath the spreading heavens no creature but is fed, 
And He Who feeds the ravens will give His children bread. 

Though vine and fig tree neither their wonted fruit should bear, 
Though all the fields should wither, nor flocks, nor herds be 
there, 

Yet God, the same abiding, His praise shall tune my voice, 
For while in Him confiding, I cannot but rejoice. 
by William Cowper 
selected by Rosanna Royer 



MARRIAGE 

ROYER - FLORA Merrill Royer and Martha Flora were 
married December 7, at Wakarusa, Indiana. 
Their address is: C.R. 17 

Goshen, Indiana 46526 
(219)533-8448 



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SEARCHING THE SCRIPTURES: TIME 

As we enter a new dimension of time in this universe in 
which we dwell, it is a reminder of what is taking place. 
Knowing that the Scriptures are the only true source of this 
knowledge, we can, with confidence, understand its purpose. 

The World Book Encyclopedia defines time as something 
we all know about, but it is hard to tell exactly what it is. But 
we can measure time exactly, even if we do not know what it is. 

One thing we know: time always changes in one direction. 
No matter how much we desire it, we can never return to the 
past. 

Early man had only crude means of measuring time. He 
may not have had definite knowledge about years and months, 
but he did know that sunrise and sunset marked the beginning 
and ending of the day. He spoke of two days as two suns. 
When he wanted to tell about some events of a few months 
before, he spoke of something that happened so many moons 
ago. He measured the passage of time by its regular twenty- 
eight day cycle of the moon's appearance and disappearance. 
When he wanted to tell of something that happened farther 
back, he might speak of something that took place at the time of 
the big snow, or the flood, or the year of the big wind. 

Time has come in to use as one way to measure vast 
distances of space. Astronomers measure the distance from the 
earth to various stars in terms of light years. A light year is the 
distance light travels in a year at the rate of 186,000 miles a 
second. 

We know that man is able to measure distance and time 
accurately because of the created universe's precise order and 
movement, but this does not tell the purpose of time. 

The question is - can time be defined? We believe it can, 
but only by the Source that created it. 



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We believe all creation is under the physical bondage of 
time. There is no power in the universe that can bypass the 
consequences of time, because God is the Source and had a 
purpose in creating time. 

It is not to just "add another year 1 ' to history, but it is God's 
love to us — that we may have the opportunity to be restored to 
His love and fellowship. The Scriptures reveal the urgency of 
this. The soul that refuses to accept this offer is missing the 
sole purpose of time. 

The Scriptures warn us that the time of a man's life is the 
only opportunity we will have to be reconciled to God. Also, 
time itself is coming to an end when He returns to receive those 
into glory that used time for the purpose He gave it. Read II 
Peter chapter 3. 

Therefore every moment of time extended to the human 
family is God's grace and mercy, with a stretched out arm, to 
receive us unto Himself^ that where He is, we may be also. 

Life is the time to serve the Lord. 

The time to ensure the great reward. 

And while the lamp holds out to burn, 

The vilest sinner may return. (Isaac Watts) 

-Kenneth Martin 



HER SPECIAL MINISTRY 

The salesman drew up before the plain white farmhouse, 
and, grabbing his briefcase, climbed from the car. He liked to 
think of himself as a missionary, sharing the Gospel as he sold 
his products. 

He knocked on the door, then stood waiting, hoping that his 
double mission would be fruitful. 

He was surprised when the door was opened by a woman 
dressed in plain garb with a cap on her head. This was a new 
stop for him, and the first that was a conservative home. He 



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really knew very little about these people, but he had heard they 
were loath to share their beliefs. He decided to try her. 

He introduced himself, and showed her his wares. As she 
was looking over Ms products, he spoke: "Ma'am, I was 
wondering about something. Do you folks believe in missionary 
work? My church does a lot of that kind of work. In fact, IVe 
spent several months in Africa, and I hope to go back again 
someday. I don't hear much about your type of people doing 
such things, though. Do you have such programs? 

She hesitated a moment before speaking. "Some groups do. 
Our efforts are more individual, and closer to home, I guess. 
We believe our witness is very important, but we believe a quiet 
witness in the way we live is a great witness for God." 

"But what about you?" He pressed. "Have you ever 
participated in a special ministry?" 

A look of pain crossed her face, and she became thoughtftd. 
Just then a shout came from behind the house, and she turned 
quickly, concern on her face. 

Suddenly, little four year old Randy came running around 
the corner, grinning excitedly. She relaxed and smiled as he 
came trotting up to her, and displayed a moth, quite dead, with 
its wilted, pale green wings spread in a rather pathetic manner. 

"What is it, mama? Isnt it pretty?" he bubbled. 

"Yes, honey, it is. It's called a Luna moth." 

"What's it for?" 

She smiled. "Well. . .they pollinate things,. . . " 

"Oh," he said, not quite sure what she meant, but already 
satisfied. Then he brightened again at a new and wonderful 
thought. "Did God 'giveth us richly all things to enjoy'?" 

She chuckled at his childish attempt to apply the Scripture 
verse they had been memorizing. "Yes, honey, I'm sure He 
did!" 

He grinned at her, then, with a shy glance at the stranger, 
ran off to find someone else to show it to. 



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She stood thoughtfully for a moment, pondering, then, 
looking up, smiling, she answered the man's question with 
confidence: "Yes, sir, I have participated in a special ministry!" 
—Martha Wagner, Gettysburg, Ohio 



I AM 

Behold, I am the living bread, 

And to all men I give, 

Myself, and all who will be fed, 

Eternally shall live. 

To all the world I am the light, 

A burning, shining flame, 

In sin's dark night, clear, strong, and bright, 

Through endless years the same. 

I am the door, and if by Me, 

A man shall enter in, 

He shall be saved, and safe, and free, 

From darkness, death, and sin. 

I am the Shepherd, true and good, 
And for my precious sheep, 
I give My life, I shed My blood, 
Their lives unharmed to keep. 

I am, the resurrection, and 

He who believes on Me, 

Though he were dead shall rise and stand, 

In immortality. 

Eternal truth and life am I, 
I am the only way, 
To God; men's souls I sanctify, 
As they My Word obey. 

I am the true, the living Vine, 

And every branch in Me, 

1 purge and prune with touch divine, 

To grow more perfectly. 



-James Troyer, Lynchburg, TN 
Selected by Sharon See 



FOR YOUTH: ARE YOU A LIGHTHOUSE? 



How many have ever visited a lighthouse? Lighthouses 
have been an inspiration to us for a long time. It is difficult to 
pass up visiting one when we travel along the Oregon coast or 
any other coastline. They inspire us to be a reflection of the 
guiding light of God's truth, that our lives too, as a lighthouse, 
may seem to say, "Take care, stay away from Satan's pitfalls. 
Keep a good lookout and mind how you live, or you will be 
lost." 

We desire this reflecting light to manifest the fruits of the 
Spirit: love (thinking and speaking no ill of others), joy ( a 
genuine, heartfelt smile), peace (not taking offence: "Great 
peace have they which love Thy law and nothing shall offend 
them), longsuffering (when we have wronged no one 
deliberately to willingly suffer misunderstanding, forgive 
immediately and make it right), gentleness (speaking and acting 
in kindness), goodness ( of God), faith (in God), meekness 
(thinking not highly of ourselves), temperance ( exercising self- 
control). See Gal. 5:22-23.) 

The following is a poem on a lighthouse painting one of our 
sisters, Annette Royer, painted and placed at the entry of our 
school which is still an inspiration to us as we see it each day 
hanging in our living room: 
Father, let me be a lighthouse 

On that Rock which shall endure; 
My life a shining beacon 

With light so strong and sure. 
Let not that light be hidden 

Or suffered to grow dim; 
Come stormy day or darkest night,} 

Still let it shine for Him. 

"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your 
good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." 
(Matt. 5:16) — Betty Beery, Nappanee, Indiana 




CHILDREN'S PAGE: CHRIST'S PATTERN 

When mother cuts out a dress, does she just start cutting? 
No, she has a pattern for each piece. If the pattern is followed, 
the dress fits perfectly. 

Jesus is our perfect pattern. He told us how to live. We 
also know by the example He showed. The example next to 
Jesus is young children. Young children, you are special to 
Jesus. You can teach us so much about Jesus. Jesus teaches us 
to love everyone. When someone gives you a piece of candy, it 
is easy to love them. What if someone takes your piece? 
Maybe everyone got a piece but you. We are to love no matter 
what happens. 

When working outside, I noticed one of our grandsons 
would wave "Bye, Bye" to all the cars that went passed. In his 
small way he was saying, "I love you." This made me stop to 
think. He was happy with everyone. He loved everyone. Why 
can't big people do this? If someone hurts our feelings, we 
seem to ignore them and let them go past unnoticed. No, we 
can't even wave. Jesus says to be as children and be happy. If 
everyone gets a piece of candy but you, set a pattern: Love 
them and keep waving. 

As you get older, there will be places where Satan will try 
to trick you. He hates Jesus. The old devil has nothing good to 
offer. 

When David was watching his father's sheep, a lion and bear 
tried to eat the small lambs. David killed them and kept the 
lambs safe. Later David fought Goliath. He told the giant, 
"The battle is the Lord's. He will keep me safe from you." 
David set a pattern of trusting in the Lord. 

At home, school, or wherever you are, you need to stand 
for what is right. Remember, the battle is the Lord's. He will 
see you through. —Everett Oyler 



Happy New Year! Another year is past, and subscriptions 
to The Pilgrim expire for some of our readers. We will not 
send notices because of our mailing method, but the date of 
expiration appears beside your name on the address label. It 
may be underlined or written in red to call attention if it is past 
due. Subscription rate is $5.00 per year, and if you are 
receiving it free, please let us know if we should continue 
sending it. 

We have had many faithful contributors over the past year, 
and we appreciate each one. Thanks to Bill Miller for supplying 
our address labels and to Sarah and Rhoda for typing, 
proofreading, and helping in general. Thanks to those who 
have donated financially and to any who prayed for this effort. 

Please give us your suggestions for improving our 
publication, and consider writing or selecting material to print. 

Best wishes for a blessed 1997! 

-Leslie and Martha Cover 



THE PILGRIM 

19201 Cherokee Rd. 
Tuolumne, CA 95379 



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VOL. 44 FEBRUARY. 1997 No, 2 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from 
fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." I Peter 2: 1 1 

NOW AND THEN 

There were hours when life was bitter 

With the anguish of defeat, 

When strange it seemed that anything 

Had ever tasted sweet. 

And we scarce knew how to bear it, 

But One came o'er the wave, 

And the peace He gave us with a word 

Then made us strong and brave. 

There are hours when work is pressing, 

Just little homely work 

That must be done, that we must do, 

That it were shame to shirk, 

And in those hours full often, 

To crown the petty cares, 

Has fallen upon the house a gleam 

Of God's Heaven unawares. 

So, for our hallowed hours 

We find them, where our Lord 

Has called us into service meet 

For blessing and reward; 

They are sometimes in the closet, 

They are often in the mart, 

And the Lord can make them anywhere, 

His "desert place apart." 

-Margaret E. Sangster 
From Amos Baker's favorites 



THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the Old 
Brethrai Church. Subscription rate: $5.00 per year. Sample copies sent free ou request. 
Publishing editor: Leslie Cover 
Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Rd, Tuolumne, C A 95379 



FLOOD 

It's no fun to see angry water rise farther and farther and 
creep closer and closer to your home, enter your doors, and fill 
your house halfway up the windows. When the river stayed 
within its banks, it made a pleasant boundary to the backyard. 
The summer heat was more endurable; the fishing was easy and 
handy. But when the river pushes up out of its banks, it 
becomes a fearful monster with unforeseen power. Trees are 
uprooted from softened soil. Ugly gashes are cut across fields 
and roadways. Bridges are weakened and mobile homes swept 
away. It happened in California this year when warm torrential 
rains in the Sierras fell on several feet of fresh snow — filling 
Don Pedro Reservoir to overflowing. The control of the huge 
dam, which in most years easily trapped the spring rains, was 
completely lost; and water poured unchecked down to flood 
much of the flat valley farmland and send lowland residents 
fleeing to higher ground. 

Another kind of flood is spoken of in Revelation 12. The 
woman "clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and 
upon her head a crown of twelve stars 11 brought forth a man 
child "who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron." The 
dragon was ready to devour this Child as soon as it was born, 
but He was caught up "unto God, and to his throne" and the 
woman fled into the wilderness. What a picture of the people 
of God, Jesus' birth, Herod's wrath, and God's protection! The 
result was war in heaven, with the devil and his angels cast out 
of heaven into the earth. Pictured vividly is Satan's wrath and 
the effective overcoming of him "by the blood of the lamb, and 
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provided a place of refuge "where she is nourished for a time, 
and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent. " 

"And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood 
after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of 
the flood" Seeing the high water damage this year, we take 
this to be no small stream. Here is power and destruction. 
Whatever the exact meaning, coming from the serpent's mouth, 
it cannot but be evil, filthy, anti-God. It reminds us of how the 
flood waters this year overwhelmed the Modesto City Sewer 
contaminating the water and carrying filth to the areas below. 

We can speculate about what this flood is and just when it 
comes. Today we see a flood of violence, crime, and filth of 
immorality flashed before the eyes in living rooms around the 
world. Acres of printed material flow from filthy presses to 
contaminate the minds of readers. The world is going for this 
stuff. Verse 16 says, "And the earth helped the woman.... and 
swallowed up the flood..." How the world's appetite for Satan's 
filth could help the people of God is difficult to see except that 
with this whole picture of Satan's wrath has come an unconcern 
for neighbors as to how they live and what they do. "Live and 
let five" is an attitude that allows Christian people, if they will, 
to live Godly lives while around them swirls the muddy water of 
covetousness, sin, and self-indulgence. 

God is able to protect His own. Just as Satan has many 
tricks, so the Lord has powerful answers — shields or fortresses 
wherein His people can find refuge. Paul says that we are not 
ignorant of Satan's devices. We overcome today like they did in 
Revelation 12 - "By the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of 
then testimony." 

God brought the first civilization down with the Great 
Flood and saved Noah and his family. He ushered His people 
Israel out of Egypt and through the Red Sea where the 
Egyptians army was destroyed. Paul says that the fathers "were 
all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea." (Read all 



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of I Cor. 10 to see the warnings as well as the promises and 
potential of those in Christ.) 

Peter writes that the waters of the Great Flood and God's 
saving of Noah are like the figure of baptism to us today. (I 
Pet. 3:21) He tells us it is not for the washing of the body, 
"(not the putting away of the filth of the flesh but the answer of 
a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus 
Christ." The blood of Jesus, His victory over death, and His 
power in the world today are effective in the human heart 
against any operation of Satan. 

In Isa. 41:10 (and throughout the Word) God tells His 
people "Fear thou not: for I am with thee: be not dismayed; 
for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; 
yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. 11 
The song writer continues the thought: 

When through the deep waters I call thee to go, 

The rivers of sorrow shall not overflow; 

For I will be with thee, thy troubles to bless, 

And sanctify to thee thy deepest distress. 
I have noticed that people tend to apply prophetic 
Scriptures to their own time and to their own people while 
perhaps ignoring the centuries of past history and the future. If 
Revelation 12 in its last verses does not apply exactly to our 
time, at least the principles are applicable. The chapter closes 
with this warning: "And the dragon was wroth with the 
woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, 
which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony 
of Jesus Christ." Let us who fit this description be aware that 
there is a war on. And we have a refuge: Jesus Christ, the 
Rock of our salvation. He will win and bring to victory all who 
are His. 

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away as Pennsylvania and Kentucky are mobilizing to help 
those whose homes were damaged by the high water. 

In the spiritual realm, souls of men, women, and young 
people are being ravaged by the storms and floods of Satan. 
Let us move in where there is opportunity and need, to rescue 
and rebuild and point them to Jesus Christ, the refuge and God 
of our salvation. -- L. C. 



GOD'S METHODS 

God ! s Word teaches us in many places that there should be 
harmony, peace, and unity, among God's people. 

Phil. 3: 16 says we should walk by the same rule, and mind 
the same thing. 

Phil. 2:2 says we should be like-minded, have the same love, 
be of one accord, of one mind. 

Eph. 4:3 implores us to keep the unity of the Spirit in the 
bond of peace. 

I believe all serious believers desire to have these conditions 
in their lives and in the church, Yet if we look around among 
those of us who are called the " plain people," we see much 
confusion, strife, and disharmony. These are not Christian 
virtues and should not be among us. 

I am sure that most times when there are differences among 
believers, both sides have valid concerns and truly desire to 
build and maintain God's kingdom. It seems that often when 
there is strife and division, we tend to deal with the symptoms 
rather than to get to the root of the matter. 

For instance, the Word clearly teaches modesty, simplicity 
in dress, and separation from the World. If there is a problem 
with this, it goes much deeper than the clothing and will not be 
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In Ephesians, just a few verses before the one on the unity 
of the Spirit, the Apostle implores us to let Christ dwell in our 
hearts by faith. He also says we should be rooted and grounded 
in love, and that we should be filled with the fullness of God. If 
we have a vital, growing relationship with our Savior, we 
certainly will not want to do anything to displease Him. Nor 
will we want to do anything to cause one we love to stumble or 
fall. 

When there is confusion and strife, or we feel ill will toward 
our brother, we need to realize that we have serious heart 
trouble. If we plead earnestly with the great Physician, He will 
heal us of these conditions and fill our hearts with love, 
compassion, and tenderness to one another. 

It is basic to our nature to resist if someone tries to make us 
do something, However if we know someone loves us even to 
the point of being willing to suffer for us and with us, it breaks 
down this resistance and causes us to want to please them. The 
Word tells us that the greatest of all powers is love. If someone 
is erring and they cannot be reached by love, then there is no 
power or tool available that will reach thenou 

I believe the greatest hindrance God encounters among us is 
our unwillingness to give up our selfish wills and let His love 
folly rule in our hearts. Jesus said, "By this shall all men know 
that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another." Every 
time we feel inclined to criticize and find fault with someone, 
we should instead pray for him; and then pray that the Lord will 
increase our love for him. Pray also for the Lord's help to 
encourage him, and build him up. I believe if we would 
diligently do this, confusion, strife, and ill will would disappear 
among us, and the true unity of the Spirit would shine more 
clearly to those around us. 

If we would be a light to those around us, and a guide to 
our children, it will require submission to God's Spirit, earnest 
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From time to time, in various ways, 
Assembled groups attempt to show 
Christ's doctrines true -just what He says- 
And tell to man, which way to go. 

You must wear that. You can't have this. 

Attempting, trying, many a time, 

To regulate whereat truth is, 

To guide men's way to Heaven's clime. 

And rules increase, and struggles show; 
Confusion comes, and strifes abound. 
Christ came to show the way to go. 
What's wrong, when in this state we're found? 

Now 'tis important what we wear, 
And what we have, and where we go. 
A testimony here we bear, 
With all these things, to others show— 

What we believe, if God we serve. 
These outward things, show what's within. 
A yielded heart, will truth observe, 
Will flee from things, that lead to sin. 

The problem here is with the heart; 
'Tis here the issue must be met. 
From sin within, we must depart, 
If in this life we'd vic'try get. 

If one who errs, we would restore, 
We must get close and touch his heart. 
The key is love that will restore, 
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A true concern will not cause strife, 
But teach and gently lead the way. 
For force can't bring a vital life, 
But meek submission to His way. 

Through us He'll work, if we submit, 

And let His Spirit have His way. 

If each of us will do his bit, 

Through us He'll change some hearts today. 

And then a light will others see: 
God's Spirit working in our life. 
"Tis that which causes hearts to flee 
From sin, to find eternal life. 
-James Beery 



SELF AND EFFECTIVE SERVICE 

Paul was a prisoner at Rome, no longer free to travel from 
city to city spreading Christ's Gospel and establishing churches. 
His thoughts and prayers were often with those infant believers. 
His heart was burdened for their spiritual success and safety in 
face of distractions and dangers, How were they getting along? 
Sometimes he would send someone to visit that could bring 
back a report of their struggles, defeats, and victories. 

Such thoughts were on his heart as he penned the inspired 
letter to the Philippians. Paul couldn't go. Who could he send? 
In his letter he named Timothy. Timothy would see how they 
were doing and, more importantly, give them spiritual 
encouragement as well. 

Why did he choose Timothy from his group of helpers? 
There were surely others he could have asked. Phil. 2:20,21 
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have no man like-minded, who will naturally care for your state, 
For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Chrises." 
There was no one else who shared so closely the burden and 
love Paul had (Phil. 1:7,8). None of the others had the same 
degree of zeal, affection, genuine concern, and selfless service. 

Who were these others left unchosen for this service? They 
weren't evil men. They were Christians. Paul referred to them 
in his closing remarks as the^brethren which are with me." We 
are not given details about them, but evidently they too often 
chose for themselves. There seemed to be a certain lack that 
hindered their effectiveness when compared with the sterling 
character of Timothy. 

Would we be most like Timothy or these others Paul 
referred to? Do we sometimes show lacks that affect our 
service: a Sunday afternoon nap instead of visiting a 
discouraged brother, a feeble excuse for missing a church 
service, preferring a visit to the library over joining those 
handing out tracts, or struggling inwardly over an offering 
amount? Are the "things of Jesus Christ 1 ' our first interest? 

Selfishness affects our outreach in opportunity and quality. 
Opportunities for effective service come with whole-hearted 
commitment. Lovers of Christ are cheerful givers of time, 
testimonies, and fluids. 

Selfishness affects the churches where we fellowship. 
Individual Christians contribute to the spiritual vitality of the 
whole. Fervent brethren and sisters strengthen a congregation. 

Paul sent the most effective. He selected Timothy. Could 
he have chosen me or you? How are we doing where we are? 

-Selected by David Royer 
from Christian Light Publications 



Merrill Royer's address: 64714 CK 17, 

Goshen Indiana, 46526 



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The following article is selected by a young sister with 
evident concern for young people whether considering 
marriage or not. It describes the practices of the Htitterite 
brethren in courtship. If we cannot exactly copy the details of 
such a supervised courtship as is described, at least we can 
see, admire, and practice the devotion to Christ and desire for 
purity in this vital experience. -L. C. 

MARRIAGE IS NO GAME (A Hutterite Perspective) 
By Johann C. Arnold 

The ages of thirteen to twenty-one are critical. These are 
the years when the desire for the opposite sex awakens. It is 
typical of the immaturity of this age to "fall in love," first with 
one, and then another, like a bee going from flower to flower, 
The young person is searching for the right one. This is why 
the advice of parents and ministers should be sought We must 
not, as occasionally happens, let the young people close 
themselves off. They need to be able to share their hearts. 

Prior to the teen years, ministers and parents must implant 
in children a reverence for the church and for their parents. 
Teaching these Biblical values should begin in the cradle and be 
reinforced by adult example. To bring up our children in the 
fear of God is our primary task. On this basis our young people 
will face sin in the world and naturally ask advice from parents 
and ministers who have maintained a close relationship with 
them since childhood. 

While the attraction to the opposite sex is natural, it is 
hardly a basis for founding a Christian family . I'm sure that the 
choice of the right partner is not based on erotic attraction. 
That is just an immature infatuation. The choice should be one 
in which both partners are sure that through this relationship 
both will be led closer to Jesus. Young people, hold this in your 
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The church, therefore, needs to appoint responsible couples 
to support and encourage young people just at these crucial 
moments. The parents must be in very close contact with their 
children. The young people have to realize that there is nothing 
they need to be ashamed of discussing with their minister or 
parents. The father should not only be a father to his son, but 
also a comrade and a friend. The same is true for the mother 
and her daughter. Young people need someone to confide in, 
especially when struggling with sexual issues. 

While an attraction to the opposite sex is natural, it is 
hardly a basis for founding a Christian family. 

What happens in our Hutterite communities when two 
young people are led to marriage? Do we allow boyfriend and 
girlfriend relationships? These are questions we are often 
asked. 

To answer this I need to assume an understanding of the 
Biblical principals of Christian marriage and faithfulness (till 
death parts you); of adultery and divorce as sin; of the role of 
the non-dominating husband who, as the head of the family, 
leads the submitting wife in all that is good and godly. If our 
lives are based on the words in Matthew: "But seek ye first the 
kingdom of God, and his righteousness: and all these things 
shall be added unto you," then marriage becomes an undeserved 
gift of grace. What a blessing it is when a brother asks help and 
counsel to find a wife: 

Words like dating, boyfriend, and girlfriend have no place 
in our vocabulary. We cannot allow young people to pair off or 
form exclusive relationships. These boundaries are clearly set 
and respected from early childhood through adulthood. Their 
longing should be to have Christ at the center of their lives and 
nothing else. Here lies the foundation for future engagement 
and marriage among our young brothers and sisters. Here also 
is the basis for unmarried members to find fulfillment in the 
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Lf a young brother is attracted to a sister, he should first test 
it for a time to see whether this feeling is merely a fleshly 
attraction, a straw fire, or whether there is something deeper at 
work. If he feels the latter is true, he should let his parents 
know. If the parents also see such a future relationship as a real 
possibility, the next step for the brother is to go to the minister, 
whose primary question to the brother will be, will this 
relationship lead both of you closer to Christ? 

If the question can be answered in the affirmative, the 
minister then suggests that the brother contact the sister f s father 
to ask his permission to correspond with his daughter. This 
correspondence will go through the minister. We encourage 
our young people in this situation to share their letters with 
their parents and to ask for advice, as parents usually have a 
wealth of experience that can be shared at such a time. This will 
lead parents and children very close together. 

This correspondence should be nonbinding, strictly as 
brother to sister, with no writing about love or belonging 
together. Letters should not begin with romantic language. 
This non-committing correspondence, in which the two share 
with each other what the church is experiencing, will be a test 
whether the love for that person is deeply founded or whether it 
is like a straw fire that burns brightly for a short time and then 
dies out. 

(to be continued) -Selected by Susanna Tate 

Bremen, Indiana 



BIRTHS 

CABLE - A son, Jonathan Lavern, born January 10, to Aaron 
and Arlene Cable of New Paris, Indiana. 

OBERHOLZER - A daughter, Amber Noel, born January 28, 
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FOR YOUTH: WORRY WARTS 

What must it look like for the Lord to see 
Us little creatures on the earth so wee 
Worrying and fretting o'er the weather to come? 
Or whether we'll ever get our work done? 

Whether weVe got enough money to pay 
For the tax return that came that day, 
For the horse that's lame and the child that's sick; 
Will there be enough money to pay it quick? 

Will my child be good today—at last 
So that I can get my work done fast? 
Will it rain or snow so that we cannot 
Go to the city as we had thought? 

Will the basement leak and flood again 
So that all our effort was wasted pain? 
If Td hang my wash on the line outside 
Would it, for sure, get thoroughly dried? 

Why worry so much 'bout the things youVe not 
And be so fretful 'bout the things youVe got? 
Do the sparrows worry, and fret, and cry 
When they've got no food and are going to die? 

If the Father cares so much for the birds 
Should He not care for you, much more than words? 
For He hears every word each time you cry, 
And He will surely your needs supply. 

— Marlene J Hilty 
New Madison, Ohio 



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SEARCHING THE SCRIPTURES: 
THE RIGHT SCOREKEEPER 

It is rather a sobering thought to know that many who claim 
to know the Scriptures unto salvation, will someday be rejected 
by its authority. Jesus, dealing with this, said, "Search the 
Scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they 
are they which testify of me." (John 5:39) He was telling this to 
a people that claimed to have perfect knowledge of the 
Scriptures, but were rejecting Him. Jesus exposed their 
ignorance and said if they had known the Scriptures they would 
acknowledge Him. 

Jesus also said, "Not everyone that sayeth unto me, Lord, 
Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth 
the will of my Father which is in heaven." "And why call ye me, 
Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?" (Luke 6:46) 

The Scriptures, revealing the judgment scene, point to two 
characteristics of fallen humanity that cannot dwell in the 
physical presence of God: pride and slothfulness. In man's 
struggle for preeminence, there is no better field than professed 
Christianity for self- exaltation. No form or garment can ? in 
itself keep us from being proud. 

Humility has a form and garment, and wears it to glorify 
God. Pride has no problem to wear the same, to exalt and 
magnify self esteem and personal advantage. 

We believe this is what Jesus addressed when He told them 
someday some would hear, "I never knew you, depart from me, 
ye that work iniquity." They were trying to impress Jesus with 
all the great things they had done in His name. They wanted to 
be their own scorekeeper, and by this they revealed their 
ignorance of the Scriptures. 

The Scriptures call the Christian to be a living sacrifice, 
holy, acceptable to God, which is our reasonable service. This, 
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When Jesus returns, all nations will be called before Him, 
and He will divide as a shepherd divideth the sheep from the 
goats, the sheep on the right side and the goats on the left. 
Those on the right side pass the test of sacrificial living: "For I 
was hungered, and ye gave me meat; I was thirsty, and ye gave 
me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye 
clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and 
ye came unto me/' Their response proved their humble service 
and faithfulness in sacrificial living; they had the right 
scorekeeper. 

Those on the left tried to claim innocence, but to no avail, 
and were sentenced, by eternal truth, to everlasting punishment. 
"Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that 
needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." 
(II Tira 2:15) -Kenneth Martin 



CHILDREN'S PAGE: A LESSON FROM A BLIND GIRL 

The door of my store opened; a little girl came in holding 
her mother's hand. She looked like any other five or six year 
old girl except for one thing, In her other hand she carried a 
long white stick which she moved back and forth in front of her 
as she walked. She was blind. 

Soon her mother let go of her hand and began to shop for 
fabric. The little girl walked around by herself, but she didn't 
run into anything because she always felt ahead with the stick. 
Before long she discovered the toy corner. I don't know how 
she knew the toys were in there. Perhaps she felt them between 
the pickets of the fence. She asked if someone would help her 
open the gate, so her mother went and opened it. The little girl 
walked in, put down her stick, and began to play. The toys 
were scattered around on the floor but she was careful and 
didn't stumble over them. Then her mother said, "There's a big 



basket over in the comer. Why don't you pick up the toys and 
put them in it?" 

What do you think the little girl said? Do you think she 
whined and fussed and said it was too hard because she couldn't 
see the toys or the toy basket? No, she didn't. She said, 
"Okay!" very cheerfully and began to pick them up. She felt 
each one until she knew what it was, then put it into the basket. 
The next time you feel like complaining when your mother 
asks you to pick up the toys, just think how much easier it is 
than if you were blind, and do it cheerfully. 

MY EYES 
A great gray elephant, 
A little yellow bee; 
A tiny purple violet, 
A tall green tree; 
A red and white sailboat 
On a blue sea; 

All these things You gave to me 
When You made my eyes to see. 
Thank you, God! -Author unknown 
-Jean Martin 
Goshen, Indiana 



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"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from 
fleshly lusts, which war against the soul. " I Peter 2; 1 1 

ART THOU WEARY; ART THOU LANGUID? 

Art thou weary; art thou languid; 

Art thou sore distressed? 

"Come to Me," saith One, "and coming 

Be at rest." 
Hath He marks to lead me to Him 
If He be my Guide? 
"In His feet and hands are wound-prints, 

And His side." 
Is there diadem, as Monarch, 
That His brow adorns? 
"Yea, a crown, in very surety; 

But of thorns." 
If I find Him, if I follow, 
What His guerdon (reward) here? 
"Many a sorrow, many a labor, 

Many a tear. 
If I still hold closely to Him, 
What hath He at last? 
"Sorrow vanquished, labor ended, 

Jordan passed" 
If I ask Him to receive me, 
Will He say me nay? 
"Not till earth, and not till heaven 

Pass away." 
Finding, following, keeping, struggling, 
Is He sure to bless? 
"Saints, apostles, prophets, martyrs, 

Answer, 'Yes.'" 

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FAR REACHING DEATH OF JESUS 

My grandfather used to say as he surveyed a mountain of 
broken boulders, "These rocks were likely broken when the 
Saviour died!" His faith seemed to us boys so real and vivid. 
The Bible says (Matt. 27:51,52): "And, behold, the veil of the 
temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the 
earth did quake, and the rocks rent; And the graves were 
opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose..." 
Jesus, the Son of God, was dying on the cross for the sins of the 
world, and the physical world reacted with violent convulsions. 
It is possible that the upheavals did reach around the world even 
into this Western Hemisphere, for the event was of world-wide 
importance. No place on earth is remote enough to escape the 
judgment of Almighty God, and no place is too far away to be 
excluded from His mercy. 

Simultaneous with broken boulders came results even more 
momentous and far-reaching. Rev. 4 and 5 describes a scene 
before God's throne. John saw in the Lord's hand a book sealed 
with seven seals. The question was proclaimed, "Who is 
worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?" John 
wept much when he realized that there was no one in heaven or 
in earth able to open the book or even look at it! One of the 
elders then told John not to weep - that one had been found — 
"the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David" who had 
prevailed to loose those seven seals. When this mighty one 
appeared, it was "a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven 
horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent 
forth into all the earth." As this mighty One took the book, 
there arose a new song of praise: "Thou art worthy to take the t 
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hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and 
tongue, and people, and nation; and hast made us unto our God 
kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth." Talk about 
far-reaching effects! 

As we read the succeeding chapters in Revelation describing 
the opening of those seven seals, it seemed that they represent 
the scope of human history and future events. Could it be that 
time and opportunity would have stopped then if this Savior 
could not have prevailed and opened the book? 

No other event or person has made such an impact. Words 
such as "impact" are too weak and entirely insufficient to 
describe the work of Jesus. It means eternal life or death to us 
and all mankind. 

If this atoning death shook the earth from pole to pole, and 
if its impact reached all people of the world, one more question 
remains! Has it reached into our hearts? The human heart, in 
its own way, has become far distant from God. This heart 
without Christ is described by Jeremiah (17:9) as "...deceitful 
above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?" 
Without a Saviour this wicked heart condemns us to death. 
Eph. 2:13 gives us hope: "But now in Christ Jesus ye who 
sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ." 
Jesus 1 death reaches even to the depths of the human heart. 
What remains now is for the heart to respond and open to Jesus' 
atonement and new life. 

Have you heard the thunder rumbling 

from the cross of Calvary? 
Have you seen the rocks abreaking 
as Christ died upon the tree? 



See it reaches 'cross the oceans, 
this salvation that He gave 

And His blood atones for sinners 
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Has your heart been touched by fire 
that began when Jesus died? 

Has the Holy Spirit reached you? 
Have you seen Christ crucified? 

Will you magnify this Savior 
by a life that's hid with God? 

WiU you praise His name and thank Him? 
Will you bow or feel His rod? 

If you now return to Jesus 

And accept His pard'ning grace, 

You may live with Him in Glory 

where in Heaven you have a place. 

-LC. 

RISE GLORIOUS CONQUEROR 

Rise, glorious Conqueror, rise 
Into Thy native skies; 

Assume Thy right; 
And where in many a fold 
The clouds are backward rolled, 
Pass through those gates of gold, 

And reign in light. 

Victor o f er death and hell, 
Cherubic legions swell 

The radiant train: 
Praises all heaven inspire; 
Each angel sweeps his lyre, 
And claps his wings of fire. 

Thou Lamb once slain. 

--Matthew Bridges 



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NOAH THE BUILDER: LESSONS FOR US 

Noah is 500 years old when he appears in Genesis. We 
don't know about the early years of his life. Enoch was his 
great-grandfather who escaped death by being translated into 
heaven. (Gen. 5:22-24; Heb. 11:5) Methuselah was his 
grandfather who was the oldest living man recorded in the 
Bible. (Gen. 5:25-27) Lamech was his father who must have 
been a devout man of God. 

The name "Noah" is believed to mean "rest." (Gen. 5:29) 
Noah lived in a time when there was much wickedness on the 
earth. Men had already forgotten God and were going their 
own ways, "thinking evil in their hearts continually." This is 
why God decided that He wanted to destroy the wicked men 
and start over. Gen. 6:8,9: "Noah found grace in the eyes of 
the Lord." 

So God told Noah what He was going to do and what He 
wanted out of Noah. God wanted Noah to build this huge Ark, 
or ship, that would house Noah's family and certain animals. 
Assuming that the ancient cubit = 21 inches, the dimensions 
would have been 525 ft. long, 87 ft. wide, and 52 ft. tall. This 
surely seemed an impossible task to Noah! 

Despite the enormity of the task, Noah set to work, obeying 
God with great faith and strength, surrounded by laughter, 
scoffers, and unbelief It took him years to finish, possibly 100 
years. (Gen. 7:6) He kept on building, believing that God 
meant what He had said. Fm sure he warned the people and 
exhorted them to believe. (II Pet. 2:5) That's one way we build 
our own faith. 

Would YOU have been able to do this? Building a ship on 
dry ground, taking years to finish, surrounded by scoffers and 
mockers? What lessons can we derive from this? One is the 
importance of being in close communion with the Lord so we 
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know His will for us. Another is that true faith generates work. 
Faith instills the desire to work for Him. Another is that man's 
reasoning fails in the face of God's reasoning. We cannot 
always understand every aspect of His commands or of His 
Word. Another is that despite the adversity, we keep on. We 
don't let the world dim our spiritual sight. We see something 
they don't see, and that something is another kingdom Our 
ministry is to preach, teach, and live as our own Lord and 
Saviour did. 

So, in comparing the Ark with the Church today, we find 
ourselves hi much the same situation as Noah. Jesus has told 
us, "Go ye.. .teach. ..baptize.. .observe all things whatsoever I 
have commanded you..." (Matt. 28:19,20) His Church is not a 
building, but all people who believe in Christ and prove their 
belief by obedience to His Word and His Work. 

Are we builders? Are we working? Do we exhort the 
scoffers and mockers? Do we warn them? One person is a 
small particle of the Church, but each person is great, is called 
of God, and is given power and strength to do his part in the 
spiritual building of the Church. 

This ark of His New Testament, the Church, offers 
protection, help, fellowship, and life. Some day soon this door 
will be opened and all His faithful people will enter the heavenly 
city - New Jerusalem — and eternal life with Jesus Christ our 
Lord and Saviour. "And He carried me away in the spirit to a 
great and high mountain and shewed me that great city, the holy 
Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, Having the 
glory of God: and her light was like unto a jasper stone, clear 
as crystal.'* (Rev. 21:10,11) 

ARE WE BUILDING? 

Are we building 

On the Rock, the Head of man? 

Once broken and forsaken; 
Then ever reigning in heaven, 



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Sitting at His Father's right hand. 
Are we building for Him, or man? 

Are we building 
Distinct walls embracing all 
Once broken and forsaken? 

Now joy in separation 

As Pilgrims in a sinful land. 

Are we building for Hiin, or man? 

Are we building? 

The ceiling, it is heaven; 

For our poor prayers to ascend, 

For our hairs to be numbered. 

To reach the heights that He intends, 

To shrink the weights that we pretend. 

Are we building 

Grasping the tools provided? 

Inviting those indited 

Into sin f s pleasure prison; 

Proclaiming the joy He's given 

From the single fact, He's risen! 

Are we building? 

Is it we, or is it He? 

For the vast work to proceed, 

Our carnal self must recede. 

Building part of His Church, not ours, 

A part of His Body, not ours. 

"For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's 
husbandry, ye are God's building. (I Cor. 3:9) 

—Ron Cable, Goshen, Indiana 



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MARRIAGE IS NO GAME (A Hutterite Perspective) 
by Johann C. Arnold (continued) 

After several months of corresponding, and with the advice 
of ministers and agreement of the parents, the brother will 
receive permission to meet with the sister. They may then go 
for walks together, not holding hands, kissing, or embracing. If 
the young people wish to pray together during this time, that 
should be encouraged. Should two young people go beyond 
this direction and break this trust, their friendship should be 
immediately terminated until there is real repentance. 

Such meetings should continue for several months, so that 
the two young people can really get to know each other 
inwardly and have a foundation on which later to build their 
married life. This cannot be rushed. Like a flower it must be 
left to open in God's time. If a flower is forced to open in 
hopes of an early bloom, it is destroyed. The same is true of 
this relationship. 

Since "love" can be blinding and misleading, it can happen 
that two young people realize that their relationship is not 
bearing good fruit, does not bring both partners closer to 
Christ, or brings doubts and torments. Should this be the case, 
it is best to end the relationship. Even though there has been no 
commitment, this is painful; but a painful end is better than pain 
without end. 

Only when both young people, independently of each other, 
but together with parents and minister, feel assured that they 
belong together, will the brother receive permission to ask the 
sister to become engaged and married. If both agree, the 
brother can have the freedom to give the sister a short kiss on 
the cheek. We warn against a kiss on the lips, which could 
arouse both partners sexually, and lead to sin. They may hold 
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simply is not fitting for an engaged couple; they would be 
playing with fire and with powers much greater than 
themselves. 

It is the responsibility of parents and ministers to lay on the 
hearts of young people the need for self discipline in physical 
contact during engagement. The brother should take the lead in 
this. The minute the brother or the sister feels sexually 
stimulated through holding hands or the chaste kiss, they should 
see it as a red-warning sign and stop. Otherwise their marriage 
will begin with burdened consciences that will take decades to 
heal. 

When the relationship has come to this point it should be 
brought before the church. At the time of an engagement in the 
Hutterian Church, the minister speaks these important words 
after he has publicly asked the couple the engagement 
questions: 

Now that you both have given your consent, we 
bear witness before the church that you are now an 
upright engaged couple who have the blessing of 
your parents and the elders of the church. You 
should also ask the Lord that He may conclude it in 
the honour of His name, if it is His divine will. 
There is also the wonderful blessing pronounced at a 
Hutterite wedding: 

I bear you witness that you marry as an upright 
and devout couple. May God, the God of Abraham, 
of Isaac, and of Jacob, bless you and lead you in 
your life, and keep you together in His peace, in His 
love, and in His strength. This I ask for you in the 
Name of Jesus. Amen. 
The marriages of these couples in our communities who 
were humble enough to follow the advice of the elders bore 
good fruit. The marriages of those couples who thought they 
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Try to grasp the spirit of what I have written and not the 
letter of the law. We teach our young people the importance of 
and the joy of submitting to the church and freely seeking 
advice and help. Submission is also the basis of marriage. At 
each wedding an old marriage teaching based on the fifth 
chapter of Paul's letter to the Ephesians is read. This is 
probably the oldest Hutterian teaching. It speaks again and 
again about the true joy of submission. In this corrupt time let 
us do all we can to help our young people find the true freedom 
found only in Christ. 

—Selected by Susanna Tate 
Bremen, Indiana 



COMMUNION MEETING NOTICE 

We, the members of the Eastern District of the Old Brethren 
have appointed April 26 and 27, the Lord willing, for our spring 
Lovefeast at our meeting house near Wakarusa, Indiana. We 
extend a hearty welcome to all our members and friends to 
attend and worship with us. — Melvin Coning 



BAPTISMS 
Eastern Congregation 



Victor, Gail^and Crystal Storkel February 23, 1997 

May they ever be true to the One who brought life and 
salvation to all who will faithfully serve Him. 



BIRTHS 
COVER — A son, (Benjamin) Levi, born February 12, to Ben 
and Jolene Cover of Tuolumne, California. 

CABLE — A son, Justin Loyd, born February 28, to Larry and 
Liana Cable of Trotwood, Ohio. 



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"REPENT AND BE BAPTIZED" 

I stand at the edge of the water 
And wonder if worthy I be. 
To follow the steps of iny Savior 
Who stands by the water with me. 

I kneel in the midst of the water, 
A heart that's repentant and clean; 
And wonder what living for Jesus 
And dying to all else should mean. 

I am down in the depths of the water 
Knowing His death made me whole. 
As the torrent flows over my body. 
Oh! The joy that floods into my soul. 

I breathe as I rise from the water, 
Thrice for Father and Spirit and Son. 
And my prayer is a life of surrender 
Where, in truth, with my brethren I'm one. 

I now come up out of the water, 
And with heaven Vm in one accord. 
May each step I now take result in 
All glory and praise to my Lord. 

-Hidden in Christ, 
Gail J. Storkel 






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THE LOVE OF MONEY 
I Timothy 6: 10 -by Willard Yoder 

I don f t have a love for money, 
Just the things that money buys, 
Not for currency or coinage, 
But the pleasures it supplies. 

I detest the greed of others 
For great stores of cherished gold, 
But I love what it can purchase, 
And the things my hands can hold. 

I don't have a yen for dollars 
We must hide from thieves and fire 
But I love their strength to gather 
All that my heart may desire. 

Foolish man, The love of money, 
Or the love of earthly things, 
Have alike the power to hinder 
The sweet peace contentment brings. 

-Selected by Norman L. Cable 
Goshen, Indiana 



Jesus Christ is risen today, 
Our triumphant holy day; 
Who did once upon the cross 
Suffer to redeem our loss. 
Hallelujah! 

—From a Latin hymn of the fifteenth century 



SEARCHING THE SCRIPTURES: FEAR OR NO FEAR 

The Scripture has ranch to say about man's mental attitude 
in response to God and to our fellowmen. Our mental attitudes 
are visible and verbal. They are acts and words communicated 
to God and one another that convey a message of acceptance or 
rejection. 

Love is an absolute requirement of those that claim to know 
God. Our mental attitudes and words must support our deeds, 
to prove this. Love and fear are often used together. Love 
without fear has no eternal value. Love without fear is of short 
duration, and is a product of the flesh. When a relationship that 
God has called us to is severed, we can rest assured that the 
fear of God is absent from one or both parties. 

A few days ago I was following a young man in his sports 
car, and in bold letters, on the rear window was written, "No 
Fear.' 1 I believe this was a threat to his fellowmen. 

The fear of God is the only power that can restrain the flesh 
and make it a fit place for the Holy Spirit. To fear God is not to 
feel threatened by Him, but it proves that we know that we are 
powerless and helpless without Him ~ life itself couid not be 
had without His presence. We know that it is in Him that we 
live and move and have our being. Some day He will call us 
from this scene, and there is no way to escape. Neither do we 
want to, if we have a reverential fear of Him. 

The Scriptures also tell us what not to fear: "And fear not 
them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul; but 
rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in 
hell." (Matt. 10:28) The only way this Scripture can be proved 
is with the power of love in our response to those that would 
wrong us or separate themselves from us, or even take our life. 
All vengeance or retaliation stems from fear. 

The Christian is boldly declaring "no fear" as he suffers in 
the flesh in honor to his Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. 

—Kenneth Martin 



CHILDREN'S PAGE: DOORS 

What are doors? They are parts of the wall between two 
rooms. They will open and close. They allow us to go from 
one room to another. Doors are important. When you are 
small, someone needs to open the door for you. Mother and 
Father will do this. But when you get older, there are certain 
doors that only you can open. 

The first door is obedience to parents. Only you can open 
this door. Satan is on the other side trying to hold it shut. 
When the door to obedience is opened, Satan is losing his 
battle. 

Jesus is standing at our heart's door and knocking. If you 
are obedient to your parents, it will be easier to obey Jesus, and 
open your heart door to Him 

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego had a door to open. 
They chose to open the door of obedience to God. Therefore 
they were kept safe. 

I know a young girl that has opened the door to Jesus. Her 
brother is planning to marry a woman that is divorced. His 
parents have taught him right from wrong. He knows what he 
is about to do is wrong. His sister told him, "Stop seeing her. I 
want to see you in Heaven. I will be there.' 1 

Truly we can see why Jesus said, unless we become as little 
children we cannot enter Heaven. Always keep the door of 
obedience open. -Everett Oyler 



HELLO, NEW YEAR 



Hello, New Year Good-bye Old Year 

I love the warm sun, It's time we part 

I like to see the And now we say 

Rabbits run. I have Jesus in my heart, 

by Jonathan E. Miller, age 10 
— Salida, California 



FOR THE YOUTH: 
A LETTER PARAPHRASE OF OUR SAVIOURS LOVE 

Dear Friend, 

How are you? I just had to send you this letter to tell you 
how much I love and care about you. 

I saw you yesterday as you were walking with your friends. 
I waited all day long, hoping you would talk to Me also. As 
evening drew near, I gave you sunset to close your day, and a 
cool breeze to rest you, and I waited. You never came. Oh, 
yes, it hurt Me, but I still love you because I am your friend. 

I saw you fall asleep last night and I longed to touch your 
brow, so I spilled moonlight on your pillow and face. Again I 
waited, wanting to rush down so we could talk. I have so many 
gifts for you. You awakened and rushed off for the day... My 
tears were in the rain. 

Today you looked so sad, so alone. It makes My heart ache 
because I understand. My friends let Me down and hurt Me 
many times, too, but / love you. I try to tell you in the quiet 
green grass, I whisper it in the colors of the flowers, breathe it 
in the breeze and trees. I shout it in the mountains and streams 
and give the birds love songs to sing. I clothe you with the 
sunshine, and perfume the air. My love for you is deeper than 
the oceans and bigger than the biggest want or need you ever 
had. If you want we can spend eternity together in heaven. 

I know how hard it is. I really know (because I was there) 
and I want to help you. My Father wants to help too. He's that 
way, you know. Just call Me, ask Me, talk to Me It is your 
decision. I have chosen you because of this. I will wait. 
Because I love you, as long as you have breath on this earth, I 
will hope for you to come. Please come soon\ 

Your Friend, JESUS 

I ran across this letter in our family Bible and I thought, 
how true it is that Jesus waits each day to talk with us, and how 



sad He is when we forget or are too busy. It's so easy to pick 
up the telephone and talk to a friend for an hour or two, but 
how often do we sit down for a couple hours, and talk to the 
greatest Friend of all, the Saviour Who died for our 
redemption? Friend, He is waiting for you just as He says in the 
letter above. When I'm sad and lonely, Jesus is always there to 
cheer me up. He will do the same for you, if you just ask IBm. 
The song says: 

There is not a friend like Jesus, 

Patient, tender, kind, and true, 

If you'll be a fiiend to Jesus, 

He will be a fiiend to you. 

—Emily Brubaker 
Nappanee, Indiana 



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LEAVE IT ALL IN JESUS* HAND 

Do you wonder why the blessing 
That you prayed for is delayed, 
While others seem to get theirs 
Before request is made? 
It's not for us to understand, 
But leave it all in Jesus' hand. 

Do you wonder why your loved one 
Was taken home to stay, 
While other folks were left here 
Who are "only in the way"? 
It's not for us to understand, 
But leave it all in Jesus' hand. 

Do you wonder why you suffer pain, 
While others are so healthy, 
Or why you have to skimp and save 
While other folks are wealthy? 
It's not for us to understand, 
But leave it all in Jesus* hand 

Just lean upon the Saviour; 
Just rest at His dear feet; 
His strength will prove sufficient 
For the testing you must meet. 
It's not for us to understand, 
But leave it all in Jesus' hand. 

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UP AND DOWN 

If we are absolutely honest, I suppose all of us could 
confess to having times and experiences that are not as good as 
they should be. I John 1:8 reminds us: "If we say that we have 
no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us." He 
also gives us the remedy (verse 9): "If we confess our sins, he 
is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from 
all unrighteousness." 

As we have our "down" times, we also have times of close 
fellowship with God. We experience the blessings of walking 
with the Savior and feeling the Holy Spirit's influence. I John 
1:7 describes this blessedness: "But if we walk in the light, as 
he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the 
blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin." 

The question came up recently: Is this fluctuating pattern of 
"up and down," God's will for us? I suppose some could say 
that we appreciate God's forgiveness and grace more when we 
experience times of darkness and distance from Him. But is it 
God's will that we ever walk in selfishness or sin? No, God 
wants to give us victory. His standard is nothing short of 
perfection and holiness. We are admonished by Peter to "grow 
in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus 
Christ," Surely this pattern of steady growth pleases God more 
than our "lows and highs." 

It should not be a question in our minds whether or not God 
wants us to sin. Over and over God's Word calls us to 
righteousness: "Come unto me..." "Draw nigh to God..." "Be 
ye holy, for I am holy." "My little children, these things write I 
unto you, that ye sin not," Jesus prayed, "Sanctify them 
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but how much better to not transgress, but to walk faithfully in 
His ways! 

Some Christians who have come up from "the gutter" and 
experience God's grace seem to have a better testimony than 
those who have not wandered so far away. Their love to God, 
their thanksgiving, their magnifying of God's mercy, abound to 
God's glory. This is fitting and right. But should we credit the 
gutter? If that is so, should we all go through it that we 5 too, 
might have a better testimony? 

Paul seems to have some of this in mind in Romans 3:7,8: 
"For if the truth of God hath more abounded through my lie 
unto his glory; why yet am I also judged as a sinner? And not 
rather (as we be slanderously reported, and as some affirm that 
we say,) Let us do evil, that good may come? whose damnation 
is just." In Romans 6:1,2 he questions: "What shall we say 
then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God 
forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer 
therein?" "The gutter" should not get credit for the manifold 
grace of God. "Where sin abounded, grace did much more 
abound." 

Paul himself became the useful vessel that he was after he 
had been a persecutor of the church. But was this the reason 
for Ids devotion, his thanksgiving, his committing of his life 
wholly to God? His testimony in this area he gives in I Cor. 
15:9,10: "For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet 
to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 
But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which 
was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more 
abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which 
was with me." 

God's grace is sufficient. He can forgive and restore and 
give marvellous gifts to His children. But how much better it is 
to not stray! "Sow your wild oats," and "Get lost," is not only 
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I have read that a field of com (and all growing things), if it 
becomes dry and the leaves curl, can never quite recover what it 
would have been if its moisture and nutrition had been constant. 
Perhaps it is somewhat like this in our Christian lives. We all 
suffer dry times, but they are not good for us. The marvellous 
part is that God can forgive, cleanse, and sanctify. He is not 
limited to the patterns of the corn field. If He wills to take a 
repentant sinner and make him an effective worker for Him, He 
does it! If He allows us to go through low times and then give 
all the more gratitude for deliverance, He will But let us not 
credit our mistakes and selfishness, but His abounding grace. 

In the end, we know that sin is sin. There are no good ones. 
All have sinned and come short of God's glory. Perhaps some 
who have not gone so far into evil, are not as aware of the gift 
of God's grace as are some who have gone to the bottom May 
we all rejoice in the grace of God, and be more like our Savior. 

ABOUNDING GRACE 
God's grace abounds to sinners chief, 
The sly, the cold, the sneak, the thief, 
All who will come to seek God's grace 
Will find in Christ a hiding place. 

No sin is good, no failure right. 
God reaches down; He sees our plight. 
He wants us steadily to grow; 
A witness true to others show. 

So seek His will; do not "get lost," 
Perhaps we do not count the cost 
Of wild oats sown, of wasted hours, 
Of playing with the devil's powers. 

God does forgive, where would we be 
If Jesus' grace we did not see? 
Oh give Him thanks and do not stray 
He is the truth, the life, the way. -L.C. 



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THE KINGDOM 

We are now in the season of Easter - the season of bursting 
life and freedom from binding death. A jubilant joy and 
enthusiasm fills us with the message of resurrection. 

What is this message that moves us so? It is the same 
message the apostles taught everywhere they went. It is the 
gospel of the kingdom of God which is bursting into the midst 
of mankind's dreadful daxkness. It is the message of a risen 
Christ. 

In reading the gospels and epistles it is remarkable how 
much they speak of the kingdom thought. It seems almost 
inexhaustible. Perhaps we can in some small way give some 
thoughts about it. 

First, no discussion of the kingdom would be complete 
without mentioning how one enters. John 3:3-5 quotes Jesus to 
say without the new birth of water and of the Spirit we can not 
see or enter this kingdom. When this was proclaimed at hand, 
people were baptized with water. We cannot mistake this fact. 
But this new birth of the Spirit is what brings us to utter 
dependency on God. 

This makes another point. Paul says that through much 
tribulation we enter this kingdom. (Acts 14:22) This means 
suffering which all saints must bear. This means suffering of 
spirit also. To be part of this kingdom we must give up all. 
(Luke 14: 33) We must become as little children. (Luke 18:17) 
It is a narrow way. (Matt. 7: 14) Only those who do God's will 
may enter. (Matt. 7:21) Christ's Body, into which we are 
baptized, is a suffering Body. This comes from the world and 
self Rom. 6 tells of this death to self. We must rid our hearts 
of self-esteem, pride, and will (Rom. 12:3) Col. 2:18 tells us of 
those "puffed up" who will not submit, as does III John 9. 
Their judgment is strong. Col. 3 contrasts self-Me with 
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Submission in this kingdom's citizens produces yet another 
"upside-down" principle-group consciousness we will call it. 
This was a powerful trait of the early Christians and 
Anabaptists, also separating early Brethren from Pietists. 

This group-mind entails unity. Jesus said a divided kingdom 
cannot stand. (Matt. 12:25) There must be unity of purpose, 
There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one calling and hope. 
(Eph. 4, Col. 3:15) The early Christians were often said to be 
in one accord. We partake one bread and cup. (I Cor. 10:17) 
Unity, in other words, is an essential. 

Unity means there is sharing- sharing discipline (Matt. 18) 
and I Cor. 5), joys and sorrows (I Cor. 12:26), and material 
blessings. (I John 3:17, etc.) The apostles' writings are 
permeated with it. (Rom 15:5-7; Phil 1:27. Read them!) 

We would like to share a parable the early Christians and 
Anabaptists told. (Didache 9:4) Communion meetings are 
common among us at this time, so let us think of this. I will 
quote from Claus Felbinger (1560). 

"...With bread and wine He pointed to the community of His 
Body. Just as natural bread is made up of many grains ground 
by millstones, giving all they have to each other and having 
community among themselves to form one loaf, and just as wine 
is made from many grapes that have given up their juice in the 
winepress to be gathered in one drink, so we ourselves have 
become one in Christ, living and dying with Him to become like 
Him Only these [ i.e. those ruled by the Holy Spirit], in whose 
hearts the Word of God dwells-the Word that is life and Spirit 
(the flesh is of no use)--will eat Christ's body and drink His 
blood. Whoever thinks he can do it any other way deceives 
himself" 

When we understand these things, then we can realize how 
true are the words "Jesus lives," and await the Pentecost of His 
Spirit-in our hearts. It is genuine and it is for real! 

-With love to the Church, Michael Harris, Arcanum, Ohio 



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EROSION 

Recently, in this area of California, there has been a great 
deal of water damage: bridges floating away, roads washed 
out, houses torn apart, good farm land flooded, and good top 
soil washed away. What is all of this from? It all is from the 
effects of mass erosion. If we put a drop of water on our 
hands, what effect does it have on it? Not much effect. What if 
we pour a drop in the cement, what effect does it have? Not 
much, other than a wet spot. But, a continuous drip of water, 
minute after minute, day after day, year after year, will gradually 
and eventually wear away the hard cement to the point of ruin. 
A swift, small, stream on a hilly pasture may possibly ruin the 
usability of the land. How can this change come about? 
According to Webster's Dictionary the definition of "erode 1 ' is: 
"to diminish or destroy by degrees." What about spiritual 
erosion? Are we letting the evil one slowly destroy our spiritual 
life and effectiveness by degrees? We may think that surely this 
would not happen to us., but as I Cor. 10:12 says, "Wherefore 
let him that thmketh he standeth take heed lest he fall" 
Remember that erosion usually is a gradual wearing away. It is 
not one step, it is gradual, but yet its end is always the same. 
We must think back over our past. Do we do tilings now that 
we would never have done several years ago? Or are we not 
doing good tilings that we did several years ago? We may not 
have mass erosion like some "mainstream churches" of today, 
but are we slowly slipping from our historical ground? I firmly 
believe that each and every one of us should examine every area 
of oui lives and see if there are any areas that we are letting 
erode away. Remember, that Satan is not out to hassle us, he is 
out to destroy us; and sometimes that destruction is a little at a 
time. 

Is not one of the first signs of spiritual erosion complacency 
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raised in the church," "I don't think that would happen to us," 
and "That applies to so-and-so more than me," are warning sign 
attitudes. Let's approach this matter seriously, not with an 
attitude of complacency. "Arm-chair" Christianity has no place 
in our lives. Are we ON FIRE for God? Or have we left our 
first love? Remember that any less than hat is lukewarm. Do 
we want to know how to avoid erosion ? Grow, grow, grow,-- 
for the Christian life is either upward or downward. Often we 
see signs that say, "No Parking." In the Christian life is there 
any place for parking? 

Are we letting the world erode away our standards of non- 
conformity and simplicity? Rom. 12:2 says, "And be not 
conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the 
renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, 
and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." And II Cor. 11:3: 
"But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve 
through his subtilty so your minds should be corrupted from the 
simplicity that is in Christ," Recently I read an early quote from 
a brethren history book that gave the following testimony: 
"... We have been instructed by them (the past brethren) also in 
example. Many aged brethren now living in all parts of the 
country attest to plain and simple manners of the old brethren 
who sleep in Jesus. Their bodies were adorned in the 
established garment - the one that cuts the carnal mind. Their 
houses contained no unnecessary furniture, no fancy painting 
of the woodwork, no images of things on earth or in heaven, 
and no extras inside or outside to gratify the lust of the eye. " 
It makes us very alarmed to think how much many "plain" 
churches of today have eroded from that ancient standard. 
Should we seek to satisfy the eye? Do "extra touches" have a 
place in a Christian's life and home? Should our attitudes be, "It 
surely won't hurt," or "But so-and-so does it," or should they be 
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says, "All things are lawful for me, but all things are not 
expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not." 
We have been given liberty, We are not under the old law. 
Gal. 5:13 says it well: "For, brethren, ye have been called unto 
/ liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by 

i love serve one another." Our liberty is not to act like the world 

from which we have been redeemed, but liberty to serve the 
Lord, We are not slaves to laws and sacrifices, but have liberty 
to worship the Lord "in spirit and truth." We are not of this 
world, so why should our lives reflect the influence of its 
image? If we are not of it, then why is it so hard to let it go? Is 
our liberty to serve the Lord with all our heart, or to get away 
with what we want? 

Are we letting the worlds standard of living erode away the 
gospel's standard of living? Matt. 6:32,33 says of worldly 
goods, "(For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for 
your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these 
things, But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his 
righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." 
As Christians, we do not have need of the treasures of the 
world, Heb. 11:26 says of Moses, "Esteeming the reproach of 
Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt: for he had 
respect unto the recompence of the reward." Our treasures are 
(or should be ) in heaven. Mat. 6:20: "But lay up for 
yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust 
doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor 
steal:" The world thinks it has need of the newest, biggest, 
best, and easiest, Is the Christian promised an easy life? Why 
must we then seek one? 

Are we letting the world's fashions subtly alter our simple 
plainness? Being concerned with what is "in" and "out" has no 
place for the Christian. The changing fashions of the world are 
not compatible with the steadfast simplicity taught in the Bible. 



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I Cor. 7:31: "And they that use this world, as not abusing it: 
for the fashion of this world passeth away." Let us be very 
careful to be consistent in every area of our life with the gospel 
principles. Would it not please the Father if we spent as much 
time on our knees as we did in the department store? Our 
clothes and lives don't need to be changed by fads. We have 
been freed from such bondage. While we may not be given to 
mainstream fashions, are we letting the casual influence of the 
world influence us? Can we be picked out as those from a 
Bible-believing, plain church in our Sunday clothes as well as 
our work clothes? Could we be picked out as those from a 
plain church just by the fabric we choose? Could a glance tell a 
bystander that we come from a conservative, plain home? Does 
Rom. 12:2 say, "And be ye not conformed unto this world on 
Sunday: but on that day be ye transformed by the renewing of 
your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, 
and perfect will of God..."? 

Are we letting the world erode away our standards of 
Christian music? The world seeks to entertain, but Christ seeks 
to edify. If there is nothing wrong with the contemporary 
"Christianized" music of today's era, then why is it so hard for 
many to give it up? What about our leisure and recreation 
time? Are we letting the world influence us in that area too? 
Are our favorite places to go the "fun" places, or the sanctuary 
of God? We must remember to "redeem the time" as taught in 
the Scriptures. Think what a blessing and impact it would be if 
every Christian spent Ms "free time" to the furtherance of the 
gospel. God sees us all the time. He sees the smile given to a 
lonely soul. He sees the song sung for a helpless elderly one. 
He sees the prayer for a wayward friend. We will not go 
unrewarded for doing right. But the opposite is also true. God 
sees all the money wasted in useless entertainment. God sees 
all the Christians who love the pleasure houses of the world, 
more than Christ-like ministry. Is there ever a time when it is 



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acceptable to throw off' (erode) our higher standards of 
modesty, sobriety, and simplicity just to have fun? Is the 
Christian life fun and games? Yes, there are lasting joys in the 
Christian life, and bright spots of encouragement, but there is 
no place for worldly flippancy in our lives. Is it good to waste 
our time even if it is on "old- fashioned" fun? 

-to be continued —William Johnson 

Modesto, California 



COMMUNION MEETING NOTICE 

We, the members of the Eastern District of the Old Brethren 
have appointed April 26 and 27, the Lord willing, for our spring 
Lovefeast at our meeting house near Wakarusa, Indiana. We 
extend a hearty welcome to all our members and friends to 
attend and worship with us. — Melvin Coning 



BIRTHS 

STALTER — A son, Marvin Earl, bora February 14 to Ralph 
and Becky Stalter of Goshen, Indiana. 

CABLE « A son, Jaron Lee, born March 20 to Andrew and 
Joanna Cable of Wakarusa, Indiana. 



ADDRESS CHANGES 

Kevin and Jennifer Crowley: 27770 Hwy. 94 

Potrero, CA 91963 
(619)478-2191 

Dan and Joyce Diugman; 1854 S.R. 571 West 

Greenville, OH 45331 
(937) 968-4273 



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WONDERS FROM GOD 

Oh, wonder of wonders! Oh how can it be? 
God of the Universe - He cares for me. 
Creator, and Ruler; all powerful is He. 
He made a provision that I can be free. 

Though feeble and faltering is my love to Him; 
And often I stumble and fall into sin; 
Yet His love forgives me and calls me again; 
To stay close to His side, the vict'ry to win. 

Oh, wonder of wonders! That this mighty one 
Knew all that would happen, e ! er He first begun, 
And there He decided, to e'en send His Son, 
To suffer and die here, for what we have done. 

In weakness and failing, we struggle along; 

But this God understands our slips into wrong. 

And His love has moved Him, and He'll make us strong; 

So better we'll serve Him, in deed, word, and song. 

Oh, wonder of wonders! A day is ahead, 
When this mighty Savior will do what He said: 
Descend from the Heavens and raise up the dead, 
And judge our decisions; by whom we are led. 

Then this feeble being can live up above, 

If heeding His teachings, we've stayed in His love; 

And better we'll praise Him, in heaven above. 

Oh, wonder of wonders! What glorious love! 

-James Beery 
Nappanee, Indiana 



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SEARCHING THE SCRIPTURES: 
ONE MOST IMPORTANT DEATH 

All men die physically, but there's no death of man that has 
the publicity and honor of the death of Jesus Christ, the Son of 
God. 

Great men of the ages have passed on with more publicity 
and honor of men than Jesus had, but they have become 
unknown by most of the world's populace, litis in itself reveals 
a truth that merits our notice. 

Great men of the earth, by the standards of men, have been 
able to govern and influence kingdoms of men to betterment 
and blessing, but in time it runs out and something else takes its 
place. The reason for this is that man is only able to put a 
bandaid on the problems of society. 

The reason the death of Jesus continues to be remembered 
is because God has a hand in it. All generations are held 
accountable to its significance. We believe this is why the 
events of His life, suffering, death, and resurrection have been 
carefully documented by four of His disciples and have become 
part of the Holy Scriptures. 

There are two things that took place, when Jesus suffered 
and died, that need to be understood by the intellectual mind to 
receive the blessing and benefit — which is eternal life. 

First, that He was the only man that ever lived that qualified 
to atone for the sins of all men ~ because of His sinless life. 
Had He not qualified, there would be no salvation. 

The second, is His submission to the suffering and death of 
the physical man. He would have had the power to refuse to 
suffer and die, but He willingly submitted Himself 

We, as His followers do not have the power to be exempt 
from suffering and death. If carnal man would have the power, 
as Jesus had, they would refuse to suffer and die. 



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Had Jesus not willingly submitted to suffering and death, 
there would be no resurrection to eternal life. In His trying 
hour He cried out to His heavenly Father, "Why?" but 
concluded, "Not My will, but Thine be done," which was the 
death blow to death, hell, and the grave. 

The victory that Jesus revealed to all the world in His 
suffering and death can now be attained by all that put their 
faith and trust in Him and willingly suffer and die in the flesh. 
This battle isn f t easy, but Jesus said, "Be of good cheer: I have 
overcome the world." -Kenneth Martin 



CHILDREN'S PAGE: PUPPIES FOR SALE 

A store owner was putting up a sign above his door that 
read "Puppies for sale." Signs like this have a way of attracting 
small children. Sure enough, a little boy appeared and asked, 
"How much will you sell the puppies for?" 

The store owner replied, "Anywhere from $30.00 to 
$50.00." 

The little boy reached into his pocket and pulled out some 
change. "I have $2.37. Can I please look at them?" 

The owner smiled and whistled. Lady came running down 
the aisle of his store, five tiny balls of fur following her. One 
puppy was limping and behind the others. Immediately the boy 
asked, "What's wrong with that little dog?" 

The owner said he didn't have a hip socket. He would 
always lirnp. The boy said, "That is the puppy I want to buy." 

The owner said, "You don't want to buy that puppy. If you 
really want hini I will give him to you." 

The little boy got quite upset and said, "That little dog is 
worth as much as the rest. I'll give you $2.37 now, and 50 
cents a month until he is paid for. " 



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The store owner couldn't understand, "But he will never 
run, jump, and play like the other puppies." 

The little boy stooped down and rolled up his pant leg. 
There was a badly twisted, crippled leg supported by a metal 
brace. He looked in the owner's eyes and softly said, "I don't 
run so well myself. The little puppy needs someone who 
understands." 

What would we do without children to show us how to be 
more understanding to others. 

-Revised by Everett Oyler from 
Dan Clark's Writings. 

FOR YOUTH: WHAT'S INSIDE? 

"Which dress should I wear today, Mom?" Thirteen year 
old Sally was getting ready for school. 

"All your dresses are suitable," replied her mother. "You 
may choose for yourself. Just be sure you do your best to be 
modest and neat. The way you dress helps to show what you 
are inside. But how you act is even more important." 

Good advice from Mom! How do we make the little 
decisions and choices for each day? Young children choose the 
things that suit their fancy. They have not yet learned that our 
conduct shows to others, and that we are responsible to give a 
good light for our Saviour. But as we grow older, we learn that 
what we say, how we act, and how we look are all important in 
our relationship to our friends. Young people like to do things 
the same, so what you do makes a big difference in what your 
friends do. 

For both young boys and young girls, the guidance of your 
parents is very important. Even if it sometimes seems that they 
don't understand, still they are the ones that love you most and 
know best what you need. 



Evidently in the case of Sally, her whole wardrobe was 
suitable and had been approved by her parents. So the choice 
of what to wear was not hard. But some choices will not be so 
easy. Even though your parents have taught you how to act — 
what to say and what not to say, still it is possible to do wrong. 
If you use slang words, your friends will be influenced to use 
them, too. If your attitude is kind and loving, it will help your 
friends to be that way too. This is especially true with the 
friends that are a little younger that you. They will tend to 
imitate your example. 

As Sally's mother hinted, you can have suitable clothes, but 
what you are inside is even more important. You can decide 
right now that you want to learn more and more to act and be 
like Jesus would have us be — for His sake and for the sake of 
your friends. 

How you act shows what you are; 

What you choose shows what's inside; 

What you say will travel far; 

You can never run and hide 

For your friends who follow you 

Are watching what you say and do. —L.C. 

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Tuolumne, CA 95379 



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"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from 
fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." I Peter 2: 1 1 

COME, O COME, THOU HOLY SPIRIT 

Come, O come, thou Holy Spirit, 
God of all eternity. 

Be our strength, for we are weakness, 
And do Thou our leader be, 
Then shall spirit, life, and peace 
In our darkened hearts ne'er cease. 

Lord, endow us with Thy Spirit 
And with wisdom from on high, 
That in all our undertakings 
We alone on Thee rely; 
Help us by Thy mighty hand 
Sin and evil to withstand. 

Show us on our way to heaven 
All that may a hindrance be; 
Help us, Lord, to keep our pathway 
Free from all that grieveth Thee, 
And, whene'er we go astray, 
Do Thou guide us in the way. 

Give us in our understanding 
Wisdom, counsel, and advice, 
That we're nothing undertaking 
But what can Thy will suffice. 
Great Thy understanding be, 
And make us from error free. 

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MOTHER 

Mothers come in all sizes: mine was medium with a short 
waist but long from there on down. Papa was the opposite. 
They were opposites in other ways, too. Papa was a reader, a 
poet, and one who didn't worry too much about finances. 
Mama was practical, frugal, and did worry about finances. 
Though opposites, they harmonized well because they loved 
each other. As an elderly man, Papa told me he loved Mama 
more than he had when they were young, and I think she could 
have said the same. 

They also loved their children. Mama's love was expressed 
in constant concern for our welfare. She served her children so 
faithfully. Sometimes we would take her service for granted 
and even ask her to do things we could do for ourselves. Her 
standard reply was, "Who was your servant last year?" 

Mama was devout in her unique way. She always let Papa 
take initiative in spiritual things and quietly repeated the Lord's 
prayer after he prayed at family worship. She supported him 
and taught us— not complicated doctrines, but practical honesty, 
kindness to others, and respect for authority. 

I would echo my brother's assessment of Mother when he 
wrote for a school assignment a description of her labors for us 
and ended it, "Without her I would fare badly!" --L.C. 



HOLY SPIRIT GENTLE POWER 

Walking in the oat field the other day, I saw a pair of doves 
fly up from the grain just ahead of me. As they flew they made 
shy musical chirps, a beautiful picture of gentle goodness. Our 
young dog sprang after them but stopped when I called her 



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back. A dove is probably as harmless as any animal or bird. I 
have never seen a dove attack another creature. Instead, we see 
them feeding on the ground gathering seeds and grain. Some 
men hunt them, and I suppose it is not any more wrong than 
hunting any other creature for food. But somehow, I would not 
want to kill a dove, since God used this bird to symbolize His 
Holy Spirit. 

When Jesus was baptized, John the Baptizer saw the Spirit 
descend on Him. Matthew, Mark, and John write "like a dove 11 
and Luke records "in a bodily shape like a dove." This was the 
sign John the Baptist was looking for. His testimony is 
impressive: "And I knew him not: but he that sent me to 
baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou 
shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same 
is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost. And I saw and bare 
record that this is the Son of God." John saw this likeness of a 
dove descend from heaven "and it abode upon him" 

As we study the effects of this Holy Spirit both in Jesus 
Christ and later on the Church of Christ, we see demonstrations 
of His power. But we see also characteristics which we don't 
usually associate with power. Jesus said, "I am meek and lowly 
in heart." Paul in Galatians 5 lists the fruit of the Holy Spirit: 
love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 
meekness, temperance. 

Man has devised powerful machines such as huge tractors, 
trucks, and cranes. He has been allowed to invent the terribly 
destructive atomic and hydrogen bombs that wipe out whole 
cities in one burst of power. But these devices are anything but 
gentle. Concerned groups complain that tractors rip up the land 
destroying wildlife habitat, upsetting the beauties of nature. 
And see the wholesale destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, 
the misery and death of the radiation following. Not gentle, not 
good, not meek, not temperate, and certainly not peaceM. 



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The power of God's Holy Spirit exceeds any device of man. 
He can destroy — lay waste. But His effects on the hearts of 
man are not destructive. He builds, rescues, and saves through 
the blood of our Saviour. And the side effects are not like 
harmful radiation, but love and joy. 

The lesson for us is to be aware of the characteristics of the 
Holy Spirit. John writes, "Beloved, believe not every spirit, but 
try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false 
prophets are gone out into the world." The Spirit of God 
confesses Jesus Christ and what He taught in the world. When 
we see or feel a spirit of wrath or retaliation or strife, we can be 
sure it is not the Holy Spirit. (See the works of the flesh listed 
also hi Galatians 5.) 

In Pentecost sermons of the past, Brother Elmer Brovont 
used to say, "The Holy Spirit is no fighter; He will not force 
His way into your heart. " This does not mean He is weak or 
passive. Meekness is not weakness. 

So we have available to us now a power that cannot be 
exceeded, one that can change lives, and even move mountains, 
if necessary. But this power is gentle and good. We are fragile 
creatures, easily destroyed. God knows how to save. When the 
Holy Spirit was given at Pentecost nearly 2000 years ago, 3000 
souls were added to the church. The disciples lost their fear; it 
was replaced by love. They went throughout the world with the 
Gospel of salvation, attended, not by violence, but by 
deliverance— not with a bloody sword of war, but with the 
sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God. 

May this same powerfid, gentle, peaceful Holy Spirit work 
in our hearts today to spread joy and faith and love. 

Isaac Watts wrote: 

Come Holy Spirit, heavenly Dove, 
With all Thy quickening powers; 
Kindle a flame of sacred love 
In these cold hearts of ours. — L.C. 



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EROSION (Continued) 

What about reading material? Do we get pleasure by 
reading the "christianized" fluff of the world, or edifying books? 
Do we read for instruction or self-pleasure? The purpose of 
many such books is not for the edification of the saints; rather 
the style is borrowed from that of the world. Do we gain 
wisdom by reading what the past elderly saints in our 
brotherhood have written? Or are we letting the standard erode 
away in this area also? 

Are we letting the "liberated" attitude of humanity alter our 
attitude of Church traditions? Church traditions are only wrong 
if they provide an excuse for the disobedience of God's Word as 
said in Mark 7:13: "Making the word of God of none effect 
through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such 
like things ye do," and Col. 2:8: "Beware lest any man spoil 
you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of 
men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ." 
But there is nothing wrong with time-tested traditions of 
themselves. It was not until the "liberated" attitudes of the last 
few centuries came on the scene that people questioned them. 
II Thess. 2:15 also exhorts: "Therefore, brethren, stand fast, 
and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by 
word, or our epistle." Traditions are good if they are in 
compliance with, and supported by, God's Holy Bible. Let us 
not be swept away by the world into the falsely promised, 
selfish freedom. II Peter 2.19 says: "While they promise them 
liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for by 
whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in 
bondage." Is there ever any reason to throw off the Scriptural 
traditions for the carnal traditions of the world, even in small 
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changing some of our "smaller 11 Biblical traditions for more 
modern ways? 

What about friends? Are our friends good influences on us? 
Remember that "bad company corrupts good morals." Are our 
fiiends distracted from the true meaning of Christian life? If so, 
then let us beware lest we, too, unknowingly follow their 
example. I have read that one can tell a person's integrity and 
sincerity by the friends that they choose. What about us? Are 
we a good influence to our friends? Or are we, not thinking, 
influencing them away from the pure simplicity that is in Christ? 
Let us be very careful not to let competition and contention 
enter into our relationships. Friends are for encouragement and 
friendship, so let us not ever attempt to try to make ourselves 
look better than another. Close friendships are good in their 
place, but let us be careful to include others into our "circle of 
friends." When visitors come, do we welcome them and talk to 
them, or do we go off by ourselves? Do we willingly include 
others, or do we leave them to find conversation themselves? 
What things do we like to do with our friends? Do we always 
only do the "fim" things, or do we do more profitable things 
too, sometimes? Let's remember that "profitable" things can be 
enjoyable too; it all depends what our attitudes are about work. 
Do we always remember that Jesus sees us all the time, and 
nothing escapes His view? 

Are we letting the world erode away the long-standing 
doctrine of non-resistance? Matt. 5:39 exhorts: "But I say 
unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite 
thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also." The world 
says we have to "get ahead" in life, but that is not the gospel 
principle. God says that we will be rewarded if we are 
persecuted. The world is geared towards selfishness. We, as 
Christians, should not exert our selfishness over a just God, and 
punish as only He has the right to do. God is the only One who 



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will recompense every man according to his deeds. We should 
not ever attempt to punish someone for evil done to us or 
others, but rather bless them This includes both thought, word, 
and deed. It is easy to think of non-resistance as only for 
difficult situations, but what about avoiding a person who is 
hard to get along with. Is that non-resistance? What about 
whispering gossip about a hard-to-get-along-with neighbor? 
We may not physically (like the world), try to get even with 
someone, but what about our attitudes? Do we have an attitude 
of blessing to our "enemy 11 ? 

Lastly, are we letting the world erode away our standards of 
attitudes and thinking? Phil. 4:8 says: "Finally, brethren, 
whatsoever tilings are true, whatsoever things are honest, 
whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, 
whatsoever tilings are lovely, whatsoever things are of good 
report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on 
these things." Are we being eroded by the world's standards of 
gossip, backbiting, and evil speaking? Can we picture Christ 
eagerly passing on the newest "juicy detail" about someone? 
Don't we think God would be pleased if we spent as much time 
in praise and exhortation as we do in idle talking? I Pet, 1:15: 
"But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all 
manner of conversation." Do we take every opportunity we 
have to share our faith, or do we try to hide in the background? 

We must read our Bibles. It is our standard of living. 
Anything less than that, has been eroded away by the evil one. 
We are commanded to be holy. I Pet. 1:16 says, "Because it is 
written, Be ye holy; for I am holy." Each step we take, each 
word we say, each thought we think, we must ponder if that is 
what Jesus would do. Let us carefully examine each area of our 
lives. We may never know that our thoughtlessness caused 
another fellow believer to stumble in the way. Luke 17:2 says, 
"It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his 
neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of 



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these little ones." The word "offend" means "to cause another 
to sin." Let us be careful that we not cause another to sin by 
what we do. Let us always follow Jesus. He is our Leader. 
Would we be embarrassed if Jesus took a peek into our clothes 
closet? Would we blush if He opened our car door? Would we 
hang our head in shame if He took a survey of our book shelf? 
Would we worry when He headed towards the fabric closet? 
Would we be in a fluster if He asked for our music tapes? What 
about price tags? Would we apologize if He knew the costs of 
our possessions? What would we say if He asked us, "What do 
you do with your money that I have given you?" What would 
we say if He asked us, "What do you do with all your time?" 
When we think of the great sacrifice Christ has made it puts it 
all in perspective. 

May each one of us draw ever closer to Him, and His 
likeness, away from the world's erosion, even in small ways; for 
erosion is a slow destruction. And may the words of Christ be, 
when we come at last to heaven: "Well done, thou good and 
faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will 
make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy 
lord." (Matt. 25:23) -William Johnson 

Modesto, California 



THE VALUABLE PAPER 



It was not unusual to return home after a morning 
downtown to find the phone ringing. So that bright January 
afternoon I answered it expecting to hear the voice of a friend. 
There was a slight hesitancy, then, "This is Western Union. I 
have a telegram for you." The news was the kind one never 
wants to hear. My mother had been killed in an auto accident. 
My father lived but was in critical condition. 

Through the nightmare of preparation to go home, many 
thoughts plagued me. Of course, I knew that sometime the 



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parting must come, but I had expected to be able to return in 
some way the care that I had had. Now there was no time to 
say or do anything. I wondered and wondered and found no 
answer. Had I never really expressed to Mother the love I had 
for her? I could think of nothing I had ever said or done. 

A firm believer in preparedness, Mother had left instructions 
as to what should be done after her death. Some instructions 
she had written out, others were verbal. 

"I have a box of valuable papers I want you to look 
through, " she had said, describing the box and its location. 

I don't know what I expected to find, but not what I did. 
The valuable papers were treasured letters from her children, 
her father's ordination papers, some pictures, and a yellowed 
mimeographed sheet dated 1941 on which was written, "To My 
Mother." In that year my husband and I were coeditors of our 
Sunday school class newssheet. I had written the editorial and 
mailed it to her. Valuable? Can peace of mind be bought at any 
price? That paper restored mine and also gave me the 
conviction that love is much stronger than death. The paper? 

TO MY MOTHER 

I do not apologize for writing about my own mother. I 
know her better than other mothers and she means more to me 
than any others. 

There are any number of things for which I wish to thank 
my mother. First of all, for giving me life. There have been 
times when I thought life was not such a privilege, when I even 
went so far as to think, "I didn't ask to be born, why is such and 
such and so and so?" Those times were few. For the most part 
life has been very interesting, if at times very puzzling and 
occasionally very difficult. 

I am thankful my mother did not insult my intelligence by 
lying to me, even about small tilings. There were, of course, 
times when I was positive she was lying . For instance, after 



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sending me out for a stick, giving a severe lecture, and then 
saying, "This hurts ine worse than it does you." I know now 
that she was truthful. Nothing is more unpleasant than trying to 
correct a child you love. Many parents today neglect this 
painful duty and live to regret the results. There were many 
things my mother avoided telling me (and I her) but if questions 
were answered they were answered trutlifully. 

There was no question in our mind unanswered about Santa 
Claus, and I was never regaled with tales about the stork. I am 
thankful my mother made it easy for me to be honest. First, by 
example, and second by not placing me in positions that made 
lying expedient. None of us like to be scared either into telling 
the truth or lying. 

We are told that our heavenly Father knows what things we 
have need of. And so did Mother. I do not remember teasing 
or begging for things. We were not permitted to do this and it 
wasn't necessary. Mother seemed to plan ahead for my 
material, spiritual, and educational needs. I realized when I 
grew older that many things hadn't just happened. They were 
planned for my welfare. 

There were times when I thought I was somewhat abused. I 
remember telling Mother in my vinegary way that other girls I 
knew didn't have to wipe dishes for their mother. Now that I 
have an inkling of the many tasks about a home, I wonder why 
she didn't make me work twice as hard. 

Greatest of all I am thankful for the security I have felt, 
being assured that I was loved before I was born and since, 
though I am sure the latter must have been very difficult at 
times. Any child born and reared without such security is 
indeed poor. 

I am grateiiil I have a mother. 

—by Elizabeth Kent in Gospel Herald, May, 1972 

(This article was sent in 1972 by my wife to her mother and 
was found among her papers after she died. — L.C.) 



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SEARCHING THE SCRIPTURES: HOLY SPIRIT POWER 

As Jesus was nearing the end of His physical life on earth, 
there was sadness and disappointment in the hearts of those that 
loved Him Jesus, being aware of this, said to them to not let 
their hearts be troubled, and that this separation would only be 
temporary. In the meantime He would keep in touch with them, 
through another Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost whom the 
Father will send in His name, and that He would teach them all 
things, and bring all things to their remembrance. His physical 
departure was necessary before this could happen. (John 16:7) 

Not many days after Jesus ascended to heaven, IBs disciples 
were with one accord in one place, and this that Jesus had 
promised was fulfilled with such significance that it startled the 
world. To those that knew what it was, it displayed a power 
that puzzled the world. The proof of the Holy Ghost's being in 
the world is now sealed and proven in all those that are bearing 
the image of Christ. 

After the dramatic outpouring of the Holy Ghost, this 
became part of the Gospel and its teaching. It is important to 
know and understand that the working of the Holy Ghost is a 
vital doctrine of salvation and that there is no salvation outside 
of Holy Ghost power because it is the essence of all that Christ 
is. Jesus said that without it we are none of His. (Rom 8:9) 

To receive the Holy Ghost requires the knowledge of who 
He is. (Acts 19:2) In our intellectual mind we need to know 
Him as a person. He has feeling and senses. He can be grieved. 
He can speak. He wants our companionship without any 
barriers. 

The Holy Ghost descended on Jesus in the form of a dove; 
and tongues of fire and a mighty wind were an introduction of 
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accountable to His presence and accessibility. His manner in 
vindicating Himself to the world was an exception, not the rule. 

In man's desire to dramatize the powers displayed at that 
notable Pentecost, he would like to claim and impress our 
fellowmen with the same visible signs and say that it takes a 
dramatic sensation to experience the presence of the Holy 
Ghost. 

To receive the gift of the Holy Spirit is a gift from God's 
hand. To qualify for this gift requires obedience to Hint "And 
we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy 
Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him" (Acts 
5:32) 

We believe the Scriptural channel for us to receive the Holy 
Ghost is by obedience in repentance and baptism and the laying 
on of hands. This needs to be more than just obeying the 
Biblical text; it is in honor to Christ and bearing His image, 
which is the only valid proof of being filled with the Holy 
Ghost. -Kenneth Martin 



ANNUAL MEETING NOTICE 

The Annual Meeting of the Old Brethren Church will be 
held, the Lord willing, on May 16, 17, and 18, at the Salida, 
California meeting house. Friday will be council day; on 
Saturday and Sunday (Pentecost), there will be public 
preaching; and on Saturday evening, the Communion service. 
A hearty invitation and welcome is extended to all our members 
and friends to attend. -Joseph L. Cover 



BAPTISMS 

Rachel Flora, April 6 Eastern Congregation 

Christopher Taylor, April 20 California Congregation 
May they be faithful and grow in grace, as God works in 
their lives. 



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FOR YOUTH 

THE CHRISTIAN MIND; GLEANINGS FROM A 
SERMON BY BROTHER LLOYD WAGNER 

Text: "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, 
whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, 
whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, 
whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and 
if there be any praise, think on these things. 1 ' Phil 4:8 

The deepest reverence of the mind pay, O my soul, to God. 
Do we want to see God? Then we must be pure in heart. 

Our minds are an incredible creation. It is intriguing for 
man to try to understand its workings. It gives us the ability to 
smell, hear, see, and remember. The animals do not have the 
power to reason. The mind is the seat of the emotions and will. 
Pro. 23 :7: For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he. The heart 
here is the same as the mind. Our hearts are what we really are. 
Only God and I know my heart. He ponders what we are 
thinking. 

Just what do we think about during the day? Our minds are 
never totally at rest. We dream, and even in sleep the brain still 
is controlling the body. We carry on a conversation in our 
heads all of our waking hours. The Word says to "Love the 
Lord with all your mind. 11 Is it possible? Yes, by God working 
in oxir lives and we applying ourselves diligently. Jer. 31:31-34 
says God will write it in our inward parts. How? 

1. He has given us an Example of love, humility, and 
sacrifice in Jesus. We know that this is what He wants. Phil. 
2:1-8. There's not one area in our lives that we cannot have 
Jesus' Example. 

2. He changes the old man to a new man. (II Cor. 5:17) 
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3. He gives us His Holy Spirit to guide us into all truth. 
John 14:26. Do we thank Him enough for this wonderful Gift 
and Promise? 

4. Since Satan does not give up on the Christian, the 
Christian is now equipped with weapons to fight him. He 
attacks the mind. II Cor. 10:3-5. Our weapons bring into 
captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. Do we 
think this is impossible? God had control over the stronghold 
of Jericho and pulled it down. 

The result of a God-centered mind and trust in God is 
peace. Carnal thinking does not bring peace. To be carnally 
minded is death. Peace is to have no enmity with God. 

What is our part? Phil. 4:6 says, "Be carefiil for nothing. 
That means "Don't worry." Paul was in prison when he wrote 
this, but do we hear him complaining? No! Instead he says to 
"Rejoice, Give thanks... and the peace of God ... shall keep your 
hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 

PhiL 4:8. Truth and honesty go together. Jesus is the 
Truth; think on Him. He was full of grace and truth. 
Consistency in one's profession is a truthfixl life. 

Jesus was also just and pure. The Roman government was 
most unjust and impure. Did He get involved in it? No! He 
didn't tell His followers to either. 

Whatsoever things are lovely,... of good report. The 
newspapers are not good reports. 

If there be any virtue... any praise. Look for the good and 
valuable things, such as God's Word and encouragement of the 
church. 

Phil. 4:9: "...Do: and the God of peace shall be with you." 

—Sarah Cover 



Know God; Know Peace 

No God; No Peace 

Bumper sticker observed by Charles and Leona Miller 



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CHILDREN'S PAGE: 

A MOTHERS LOVE 

Our little son came up to his mother one evening while she 
was fixing supper. He handed her a piece of paper he had been 
writing on. His mother dried her hands, and read the note. 
This is what it said: 

For cutting grass 5.00 

For cleaning up room last week LOO 

For going to the store for you .50 

Baby-sitting brother while you shopped .25 

Taking out the garbage 1.00 

For getting a good report card 5.00 

For cleaning and raking the yard 2.00 

Total owed $14.75 

Mother looked ar her son, memories flashing through her 
mind. She picked up the pen, turned over the paper and wrote: 
For nine months carrying you before you were borne $00 
For all the nights IVe sat up doctoring you $00 

For all the tears and trying times youVe caused me $00 
For all the nights that were filled with dread that I knew 
were ahead $00 

For the food, toys v clothes, and even wiping your nose $00 
When you add it all up, the full cost of love is No charge. 
When our son finished reading the note, there were big tears 
in his eyes. He said, "Mom, I sure do love you." He then wrote 
on the bottom, "Paid in full." -Author, M. Adams 

Jesus loves us more than our mother. Still He had said, 
"Paid in full." Even though there is no charge for a mother's 
love, let's give her the best gift: obeying her. 



-Adapted by Everett Oyler 



HERE AM I 
Speak, oh Lord, Thy servant heareth; down on bended knee. 
Anxious to discover, how more like You to be. 
Show me how I need to change. Instruct me in Your will. 
Make me all that I should be, while I am soft and still. 
Give me strength to walk with You the way that You desire; 
Though painful be the road ahead, Til give what You require. 
Speak, oh Lord, Thy servant waiteth; anxious to behold, 
The me that You'll be making as Your perfect plan unfolds. 

-Gail Storkel 



BIRTHS 
BEERY — A son, Allen James, born April 14, to Jonathan and 
Angi Beery of Goshen, Indiana. 

COVER — A son, Edward Daniel, born April 14, to Peter and 
Denita Cover of Tuolumne, California. 

MARTIN -- A daughter, Daria Joy, born April 25, to Jonathan 
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VOL. 44 JU NE , 1997 No. 6 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from 
fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." I Peter 2; 1 1 



THE WILL OF GOD 

Laid on Thine altar, O my Lord Divine, 
Accept my gift this day, for Jesus sake; 
I have no jewels to adorn Thy shrine, 
Nor any world-famed sacrifice to make; 
But here I bring within my trembling hands 
This will of mine, a thing that seemeth small, 
Yet Thou alone, O Lord, canst understand 
How, when I yield Thee this, I yield Thee all 

Hidden therein, Thy searching gaze can see 

Struggles of passion, visions of delight, 

All that I have, or fain would be. 

Deep loves, fond hopes, and longings infinite: 

It hath been wet with tears, and dimmed with sighs, 

Clenched in my grasp, till beauty hath it none: 

Now from Thy footstool, where it vanquished lies, 

The prayer ascendeth, "May Thy will be done." 

Take it, O Father, ere my courage fail, 
And merge it so in Thine own, that e'en 
If in some desperate hour my cries prevail, 
And Thou give back my gift, it may have been 
So changed, so purified, so far have grown, 
So one with Thee, so filled with love Divine, 
I may not know or feel it as my own, 
But gaining back my will, may find it Thine. 

-Author Unknown 



THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the Old 
Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $5.00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request 
Publishing editor: Leslie Cover 
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HEARD AFAR OFF 

The time was 535 B.C. The place was Jerusalem The 
Lord had "stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia" to allow 
the Jews to return to their homeland the year before to rebuild 
their temple. He had made this proclamation and put it in 
writing: "Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, All the kingdoms of 
the earth hath the Lord God of heaven given me; and he hath 
charged me to build him an house in Jerusalem, which is in 
Judah. Who is there among you of all his people? The Lord his 
God be with him, and let him go up." Now the people were 
preparing to build that temple. They laid the foundation and 
held a celebration of thanksgiving. Trumpets sounded, cymbals 
clanged, and the singers sang praise and thanks to God. 

There was great rejoicing at this event because God had 
lifted His punishing hand, and they were again to have their own 
land and their house of worship. All were happy... except the 
"ancient men" that had, in their youth, seen the magnificent 
temple of Solomon that the Babylonians had destroyed. These 
men were disappointed as they saw the smaller foundation and 
realized that with their meager resources they could never 
match the splendor of that former building. They lifted up their 
voices in loud lamentation. The record says they "...wept with a 
loud voice; and many shouted aloud for joy: So that the people 
could not discern the noise of the shout of joy from the noise of 
the weeping of the people: for the people shouted with a loud 
shout, and the noise was heard afar off." (Ezra 3:10-13) 
What a strange event as these emotional people loudly 
expressed their sorrow and joy! 

This may seem odd to us, but is it not our own experience 
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joy over some event of your life, but also realized there was a 
sad side also? 

One example might be the loss of a loved one. In our 
sorrow there is a rejoicing for the victory and release of one 
prisoned in an aging body. The assurance that our dear one is 
with the Lord should mingle rejoicing with our sorrow. And 
this can be a testimony to the world that is "heard afar off." 

Recently as I read the chapter on the suffering of the Savior, 
the thoughts came to me of sadness that this kind of treatment 
should be done against the Savior who loved us and came not 
to condemn the world but to save the world. He deserved a 
crown and throne but received thorns and a cross. But in the 
midst of this sadness, we realize that this was the way (the only 
way) that God ordained for us to be saved and have eternal joy. 
If only this mingled sorrow and joy can sound out from our 
lives and be "heard afar off' it will make an impression on the 
unconverted around us. Sorrow for what our deliverance 
required, but rejoicing for what it accomplished! 

Another example of our mixed feelings could be in our 
personal efforts to serve in the world. We may start out with 
high hopes and great plans. But we soon realize that our feeble 
efforts are so useless. "Except the Lord build the house, they 
labor in vain that build it..." Our disappointments seem 
mountainous, but along with disappointment and sometimes 
frustration, may we have the peace and rest in the knowledge 
that God is able. In Him and only in Him can we find victory 
and answers. 

All this mingling of emotions, of sadness and joy, of 
mourning and rejoicing, of disappointment and peace is 
perfected in submission to God's will. How good it is that 
Someone knows better than we do. And this Someone is God 
and He has control. How tragic it would be if God would yield 
to our cries and give us our will instead of His! May we just 
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perfect will for us and accept the fact that life is a mixture of the 
bitter and the sweet. 

Pro. 12:21 says, "There shall no evil happen to the just... 11 
Jesus assured His followers, "But there shall not an hair of your 
head perish." These and many other Scriptures tell us that God 
will bring us through any trial if we trust in Hinx Uncle Christie 
Cover said once in his preaching: "Well, you have to live, don't 
you?" (This was an excuse for accommodating ourselves to 
and compromising with the world.) His own answer was, "No, 
you don't have to live!" The real values are eternal life in 
Christ, and fulfilling His will, whether it be joy or sorrow, life or 
death, rejoicing or mourning. May it be "heard afar off" as we 
live for Christ. — L.C. 

THE MINGLED CRY 
A bitter cry, a loud lament 
Is from our hearts to heaven sent, 
When we behold our feeble fight 
Against the black of Satan's night. 

But, oh, the joyful cry of bliss 
When we behold the pain we miss 
Because our Lord was crucified, 
Because for me He bled and died. 

A mingled sound is heard around; 
Part of us mourns, but joys abound. 
We praise the Lamb who died to win 
But mourn the pain caused by our sin. 

This mingled cry is heard far off 
The saints rejoice though sinners scoff 
Keep on, dear brethren, sisters too; 
A crown awaits for me, for you. —L.C. 



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PRUDENCE OR PUNISHMENT 

Once on a hike in the mountains, I walked among the rocks 
along a large stream. The day was warm, and many people 
were wading and swimming in the water. 

As I continued the stream grew swifter, and I saw a sign 
that said, "Danger! falls ahead!" Yet beyond the sign people 
were still wading and swimming in the water. 

As I continued, the water became much swifter. Then I saw 
signs that said, "If you enter the water, YOU WILL DIE!" 
These signs were very impressive to me. 

The signs didn't say, "You MIGHT die." They said, "You 
WILL die." The water was so swift, and the distance to the 
falls so short, that the outcome was certain. 

Even here by the top of the falls, people were sitting on the 
rocks dangling their feet in the water. One mistake or slip and 
they would perish. I marvel that they valued their life so little 
that they would carelessly risk it in this maimer. 

In the spiritual realm, there is a parallel to this. Many 
people willfully indulge in sin, though they know it is dangerous 
and wrong to do so. 

God's Word repeatedly warns us to flee sin before we are 
carried away in its swift currents. God tells us, "If we continue 
in sin we WILL die." The danger is real! The destruction is 
ahead if we continue in sin. We never know when we may 
cross the point of no return. We should flee sin today. There 
may not be another warning. 

For those of us who have left the currents of sin for the 
safety God has offered: are we ever like the people dangling 
their feet in the water above the falls? Do we refuse to give up 
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We cannot safely toy with the devil any more than those 
people could safely dangle their feet in the water. He is 
watching for any opportunity to hurl us to endless destruction. 

May we all heed the advice of Solomon: "The prudent man 
forseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, 
and are punished." 

I think I hear the falls roaring ahead. Flee while there is 
time! -James Beery 

Nappanee, Indiana 



GRACIOUS INVITATION 

Have you received an invitation lately? Perhaps it was as 
simple as an invitation to join a family for a meal and fellowship 
after the church service. Or it may be that special event such as 
a birthday or anniversary calls for the mailing of individual 
invitations. Usually a wedding is preceded by careftdly chosen 
invitations and announcements. 

However, please consider the profound implications of the 
invitation we read about in the Apostle John's gospel account. 
"...Mary.. .the Master is come, and calleth for thee." (John 
11:28) 

What an incomparable invitation is found in these words! 
Can we imagine that the Creator, the King of Kings, and Lord 
of Lords had come to request the presence and fellowship of 
one particular person: Mary. 

The scene we find in this chapter of John's Gospel is, 
unfortunately, a familiar one to many. Death had come as an 
unwelcome visitor knocking on the door and taking with it a 
loved one. In that long ago time, just as in our day, Death calls 
all too often, leaving behind him the heartache of a loved one no 
longer present with us. 

It would have been a confusing sight which met Jesus. Paid 
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inside. The Gospel tells us that "many of the Jews" were there 
offering their condolences as best they could. Others were 
there to blame Lazarus' friend Jesus for His delay in coming: 
"Couldn't Jesus have done something to help Lazarus if He'd 
been here on time?" 

Mary and Martha surely thought their loving and warm 
home would never be the same again. The blessed times of 
hospitality and fellowship shared with their beloved brother 
were now just a memory. 

In the midst of this discord the words quoted above were 
shared from Martha to her dear sister Mary. No doubt after 
Martha's conversation with Jesus, her faith had been greatly 
encouraged. "Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the 
life: he that believeth in me, thought he were dead, yet shall he 
live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. 
Believest thou this? She saith unto him J Yea Lord: I believe 
that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come 
into the world. And when she had so said, she went her way..." 
(Johnll:25-28a) 

Then Martha went to Mary and shared the invitation quoted 
above. Mary was used to being close to Jesus. Before, it had 
been Maiy who was the one praised for sitting at Jesus' feet, 
soaking in all she could of Jesus' precious words. This time, 
however, Martha seems the strong one, immediately rising and 
going to the Master. Mary merely stayed in the house. 

Nevertheless, the Lord didn't leave Mary alone in her 
sorrow. We are not told what deep emotions Mary was 
suffering at that moment, we are merely told of the sweet 
invitation offered to her, "Mary, the Master is come, and calleth 
for thee." 

Matthew Henry writes, "When Christ our Master comes, He 
calls for us. He comes in His Word and ordinances, and calls us 
to them, calls us by them. Calls us to Hiinself Those who, in a 
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Him, may with comfort in a day of trouble, cast themselves at 
His feet, to find favor with Him." 

Is this same invitation not offered to us today? We needn't 
wait for a day of sadness or sorrow to hear the Master calling 
our name, although we certainly should quickly come running 
to Him in our sorrows and cares as Martha does in this chapter. 
But our high calling and privilege is to commune with the 
Savior daily, sitting at His feet as Mary had done previously. 

The question we each need to consider is this: Is this 
communion a daily habit with me? Remember friend, 'The 
Master is come, and calleth for thee." 

—Ken Johnson 
Modesto, California 



THE SOUTH WIND IS BLOWING 

Spring is here! Summer is on its way! The south wind 
blows warm air across the land, causing spring fever, a sense of 
excitement and a serene atmosphere. 

Gardeners and farmers look to the soil; others look to 
sports; some to the screen; some to the sky. 

Shamefully, skin is revealed with shorts and shirtless attire. 
Soon the sands of the seashore and lakeside will be trodden by 
sun«seeking people. 

Soon the insects and snakes will make their presence 
known. Satan will sidetrack people in his subtle ways of 
softness, silliness, and sensuality. 

Many years ago Satan began his slandering ways as a 
serpent. Eve was impressed with the sight of that fruit as the 
serpent Satan skillfully sold her into sin. How shameful she was 
after the juicy sweetness had been swallowed! 

So beware all you saints of the Lord; this season is 
swarming with sssssssss! 



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Jesus said, "Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst 
of wolves: be ye therefore wise (cautious, wary, cunning) as 
serpents, and harmless as doves." (Matt. 10: 16) What an 
unmistakable message of non-resistance, of turning the other 
cheek, of meekness! The thought of a serpent having good 
qualities is repelling, but they do have some good qualities. 

Christ has not set His people aside from sin, but has placed 
them in the midst of evil. "I know thy works, and where thou 
dwellest, even where Satan's &eat is: and thou holdest fast my 
name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein 
Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, 
where Satan dwelleth." (Rev. 2:13) This was written to the 
Church in Pergamos, now Turkey. 

The Apostle Paul was buffeted by Satan (II Cor. 12:7); was 
hindered by Satan. (I Thess. 2: 18) However, he was under the 
power of God as he testified before King Agrippa that God has 
the power to open eyes, bring us out of darkness into His light, 
out of the power of Satan into the power of God. (Acts 26: 18) 

The problem is, Satan is so subtle, slick, even silent in his 
various workings. It takes an alert Christian to recognize him 
It takes a Christian with God's perspectives foremost in his 
mind. It takes a Christian with God's vision walking in the steps 
of the Saviour. It takes a Christian who is not ignorant of his 
devices (enticements, intentions). (II Cor. 2:11) 

In Acts 27: 13 we find Paul on a ship sailing to Italy. "When 
the south wind blew softly..." taking this to mean fair weather, 
they set sail, only to be met by a storm that threw them off 
course and damaged the ship. 

In Acts 28: 13 we find them again sailing by the south wind, 
but this time it took them to brethren. With brethren Paul 
found refreshment and courage. 

In Daniel 1 1 we find Kings of the north and south at battle, 
but the King of the north is greater and overcomes the King of 
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the "children of thy people." But he says at that time we shall 
be delivered, if our names are written in the book. (Dan. 12: 1) 

As we see wickedness abounding and the coming of the 
Lord nearer; let us be sober and salient in the secular world 
around us; steadfast in the faith and work; suffering together for 
His sake; in simplicity; in sincerity; in His strength; speaking the 
Truth in love; Speaking to the saints in psalms and spiritual 
songs; submitting to one another; being servants to one another; 
grasping the sword of the Spirit; praying always with 
supplication in the Spirit for all saints; standing fast in one spirit; 
striving together for the faith of the Gospel; obtaining salvation; 
abiding in the sacrifice and service of our faith; saluting every 
saint in Christ Jesus. 

"For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I am 
glad therefore on your behalf; but yet I would have you wise 
unto that which is good, and simple (innocent) concerning evil." 
Now here is the promise to the faithful: "And the God of peace 
shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly." What a blessed 
promise if we do our part! "The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ 
be with you. Amen." (Rom. 16:19,20) 

"Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper 
of the Lamb." (Rev. 19:9) -Ron Cable, Goshen, Indiana 



LABORERS CHOSEN 

On the afternoon of May 16, 1997, during our Annual 
Meeting, the California congregation assembled to elect more 
Christian laborers. Chosen for the ministry was Benjamin 
Cover with his wife Jolene. Elected to the office of deacon was 
Peter Cover with his wife Denita. At the same time Lloyd 
Wagner was ordained to the eldership with his wife Beth. May 
they each be faithful in their various duties in the church of 
Jesus Christ. 

—Joseph L. Cover 



IF WE ONLY UNDERSTOOD 

Could we but draw the curtains back 
That surround each other's lives, 
See the naked heart and spirit, 
Know what spur the action gives; 

Often we would find it better, 
Purer than we judge we should; 
We should love each other better 
If we only understood. 

Could we judge all deeds by motives, 
See the good and bad within, 
Often we should love the sinner 
All the while we loathe the sin; 

Could we know the powers working 
To overthrow integrity, 
We should love each other's errors 
With more patient charity. 

If we knew the cares and trials, 
Knew the efforts all in vain, 
And the bitter disappointment, 
Understood the loss and gain- 
Would the grim eternal roughness 
Seem-I wonder-just the same? 
Should we help where now we hinder, 
Should we pity where now we blame. 

Ah, we judge each other harshly, 
Knowing not life's hidden force; 
Knowing not the fount of action 
Is less turbid at its source- 
Seeing not amid the evil 
All the golden grain of good; 
And we would love each other better 
If we only understood. 

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SEARCHING THE SCRIPTURES: GOD'S GRACE 

God's response to Men man has varied-from His wrath to 
love and forgiveness. This is how He revealed Himself to man 
under the law. His response to man was determined by how 
man responded to Him. 

Even under and before the law man was able to find grace in 
the sight of God-for had Noah not found grace in God's sight, 
there would be no living man or beast on earth. (Gen. 6:7,8) 

Grace, shown to man under or before the law, wasn't 
necessarily salvation, but a blessing, preservation, and 
lengthening of the physical life. 

There were those that had salvation in those days and 
somehow were able to relate to the grace that came through 
Christ, because it is only by this grace that man can be saved. 

Grace, defined, is always a favor and blessing received from 
someone that has the power to give or refrain. Under the old 
covenant man had to seek God's grace; under the new, God's 
grace seeks man. 

"For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared 
toallmen."(Tit.2:ll) 

Jesus, being all that God is, has revealed His grace to man. 
He being the physical evidence of God's grace, doing for man 
what man was unable to do for himself has now called us to 
this knowledge: there is no salvation outside of this. "For by 
grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it 
is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast." 
(Eph.2:8,9) 

To prove God's grace is to acknowledge its evidence; this 
calls us to action. The apostle Paul says, "But by the grace of 
God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon 
me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all: 



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yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me." (I Cor. 
15:10) 

"And God is able to make all grace abound toward you: that 
ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to 
every good work." (11 Cor. 9:8) 

The proof of the grace of God in man is just as visible as the 
life of Christ, as He revealed it to man. 

There is no mystical power in the grace of God that will 
save us. To say we have the grace of God and not prove it in 
every thing we have and are, would be evidence that we have 
not received its benefits, and the grace of God bestowed on us 
would be in vain. 

The grace of God has met man where he is. Man's response 
to this determines his eternal destiny. 

—Kenneth Martin 



ADDRESS CHANGES 

Jon and Anji Beery 4062 W. Wonder Rd. 

Williamsport, IN 47993 
(765) 893-8656 

Allen and Rhoda Bowser Rt. 1 1, Box 396 D7 

Harrison, AR 72601 



When Christ offered himself to God for us, 
He not only procured our pardon, but secured 
our eternal inheritance likewise, 

-John M. Strickler 
Departed this life May 18, 1997 



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CHILDREN'S PAGE: 
LOOK FOR SOMETHING GOOD 

Read Luke 6:37,38. 

When Wayne moved into the neighborhood many of the 
boys came around to welcome him. This made the little boy 
feel good, because a fellow can get pretty lonesome before he 
makes friends. But soon Wayne began to notice something. 
Whenever he was alone with one of his new friends, this boy 
would warn him against the other boys. 

Wayne was determined to like everyone when he moved 
into the neighborhood, for he liked everyone in the place he had 
just moved away front But it wasn't very long before he 
looked upon each boy with suspicion because someone had told 
him something not very nice about every boy in the 
neighborhood. Then Wayne began to look at every one of his 
playmates through his own eyes instead of believing what the 
other boy said about them, and so he got along very well with 
them. 

The new boy liked to think that everyone had some good in 
him He had learned by moving about that he could find in his 
friends just what he looked for. If he looked for selfishness in a 
boy, he could find it; for he admitted he had some selfish traits 
himself. If he looked for signs of generosity he found them, 
too, for he himself tried to be generous when he could. 

Yes, we find in people what we look for. If we are 
searching for something bad we shall find, and it will make us 
very unhappy. Look for the good in people and enjoy their 
friendship. 

-- 100 Devotions for Boys and Girls 
selected from Exchange Messenger 



FOR YOUTH: WORDS OF THE PSALMS 

How many of the following blanks can you fill by memory? 
The references are included for you to check on your answers. 

1) For the Lord knoweth the way of the ; but the way 

of the ungodly shall perish. 1:6 

2) What is man, that thou art of him? and the son of 

man, that thou visitest him? 8:4 

3) Keep me as the of the eye; hide me under the 

shadow of thy wings. 17:8 

4) Let the words of my mouth, and the of my heart, 

be acceptable in thy sight. 19: 14 

5) The earth is the Lord's, and the thereof; the world, 

and they that dwell therein. 

6) I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall be 

in my mouth. 34:1 

7) The steps of a good man are by the Lord: and he 

delighteth in his way. 37:23 

8) Be still, and that I am God. 46: 10 

9) Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right 
w ithin me. 51:10 

10) Cast thy upon the Lord; and he shall sustain thee. 

55:22 

11) So teach us to oxir days, that we may apply our 

hearts unto wisdom 90:12 

12) For he shall give his charge over thee, to keep 

thee in all thy ways. 91:11 

13) For the Lord is good; his mercy is . 100:5 

14) Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, 
and for his works to the children of men. 107:8 

15) The fear of the Lord is the beginning of . 111:10 

16) It is good for me that I have been ; that I might 

learn thy statutes. 119:71 



17) Great have they which love thy law: and nothing 

shall offend them. 119:165 

18) He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth 
thee will not . 121:3 

19) Except the Lord build the house, they in vain that 

build it. 127:1 

20) Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to 
dwell together in . 133:1 

21) By the rivers of 9 there we sat down, yea, we 

wept when we remembered Zion. 137: 1 

22) Such knowledge is too wonderful for me: it is high, I 
cannot unto it. 139: 6 

whose God is the Lord. 144: 15 
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23) Happy is that 



24) Great is the Lord, and greatly to be 

25) Let every thing that hath praise the Lord. 150:6 

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"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from 
fleshly lusts, which war against the soul" I Peter 2: 1 1 



ARE ALL THE CHILDREN IN? 

Are all the children in? The night is falling, 

And storm clouds gather in the threatening west; 

The lowing cattle seek a friendly shelter, 

The bird glides to her nest. 

The thunder crashes: wilder grows the tempest, 

And darkness settles o'er the fearful din; 

Come, shut the door and gather round the hearthstone. 

Are all the children in? 

Are all the children in? The night is falling, 
When gilded sin doth walk about the streets. 
Oh, "At the last it biteth like a serpent"! 
Poisoned are the stolen sweets. 
O Mothers, guard the feet of inexperience, 
Too prone to wander in the paths of sin! 
Oh, shut the door of love against temptation! 
Are all the children in? 

Are all the children in? The night is falling. 
The night of death is hastening on apace: 
The Lord is calling, "Enter thou thy chamber 
And tarry there a space." 
And when He comes, the King in all His glory, 
Who died the shameful death our hearts to win, 
Will shut the gates of heaven about us 
With all the children in! 

-Elizabeth Rosser 
Selected 



THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the Old 
Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $5.00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Publishing editor: Leslie Cover 
Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Rd Tuolumne, CA 95379 



THE PUZZLE 

The destiny of mankind, individual and collective, and the 
fulfillment of the prophecies can be compared to a puzzle being 
put together piece by piece. The nations, the church, and 
people, all of us, are pieces that make up the pattern God has 
planned. The word "puzzle" is not quite right because the 
pattern is not "puzzling" to God, but known and determined in 
detail. Hebrews 4:13: "Neither is there any creature that is not 
manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto 
the eyes of him with whom we have to do." 

As of midnight June 30, 1997, Hong Kong is again part of 
China after 156 years of British colonial rule. How this fits into 
God's overall plan, we do not know. But the individual lives of 
those people will undoubtedly be affected. To us it seems to be 
a return to a less desirable form of government because we are 
accustomed to freedom and individual rights. Our concern is 
for the Christians of Hong Kong. Christians have lived and 
testified for God under many forms of government. Even 
severe persecution under the worst kind of rulers has not meant 
death to the church of Jesus Christ, but rather purifying and 
even increase. And so, though we may be sad as we pray for 
God's people under stress in Hong Kong, we know God still 
rules faithfully, and He will care for His own. 

Our newspapers report that Hong Kong will continue to 
have freedom and "autonomy" and that the Chinese government 
hopes this freedom will be an example that might induce Taiwan 
also to rejoin their mother country. Time will tell, and 
meanwhile we can pray for the Christian testimony in these 
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Perhaps a greater concern for us should be how we fit into 
God's plans. Are we pieces in God f s "puzzle"? Do we match 
the pieces next to us? Or are we misfits? One who puts a 
puzzle together must set aside those pieces that do not fit 
exactly. I remember as a child trying to force the pieces 
together, but unless they are right, they will not contribute to 
the finished picture. 

Each one of God's children has a place. In a puzzle, there 
are parts more colorful or detailed that are easy to find and 
match up. But the less noticeable, the sky, the solid colors, 
(though just as important to the picture) are usually found last. 
This could compare to some of us ordinary Christians who have 
a place just as important but less spectacular and perhaps less 
desired. God needs ordinary, day by day, pluggers-those 
willing to serve without notice, but faithfully and consistently. 

To be in the place for which we are fitted should be our 
desire. Uncle Isaac Baker, visiting in California and 
unaccustomed to our exact practices, said just before 
Communion, "I just want to find my place and be in it." To me 
that is a good resolve for life and service in the Church. 

May the church of Jesus Christ be like a puzzle with 
interlocking pieces that stay fastened together to make a picture 
for God's glory. 

GOD'S PLAN: OUR PLACE 

There is a place-God knows it well- 
For each dear child of God to dwell; 
A special place each one can find 
To be to others good and kind. 

This place is special for the man 
Who finds and fills it as he can. 
He fits his neighbors, loves them all, 
Nor makes them fail nor sin nor fall. 



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To find that place God has for us 
And by His grace to fill it well- 
May this our power and skill employ. 
To find at last our highest joy. 

Someday God f s plan will be fulfilled; 
Our final good, what He has willed. 
Someday we'll reach the heavenly shore. 
Where questions, puzzles are no more. 

--L.C. 

BIRTHS 

BEERY — A daughter, Christina Hope, bom May 21, to 
Stephen and Kimberly Beery of Nappanee, Indiana. 

WAGNER — A daughter, Amanda Jean, bora June 4, to Daniel 
and Donna Wagner of Dallas Center, Iowa. 



BAPTISMS 

Eugene and Bogdona Dutkevich were baptized on June 15, in 
the Eastern Congregation. May they be faithM and grow in 
grace, as God works in their lives. Their address is: 

60412 C.R. 19 

Goshen, Indiana 46526 

(219)534-8158 



If we have a cold heart toward a friend or brother 
why should we wonder if we have no fervor toward God. 

—Selected 



THE PILGRIM 



HAVE YOU DIED YET? 

What a strange question! Your ability to read the question 
is proof that, indeed, you are not dead. Most people rejoice 
that they are still alive. At least, they imagine themselves to be 
living. However, the Word describes two types of dead people, 
and all accountable people fall into one of these two categories. 

A person may be dead in trespasses and sins. (Eph. 2:1) 
What an unpleasant corpse to view, even though he may 
resemble "Lucifer, son of the morning... M "full of wisdom, and 
perfect in beauty"! (Isa. 14:12, Ezek. 28:12) The most perfect 
life which disbelieves God when He says, "Ye must be bom 
again" (John 3:7) will not see life. What folly, what hazard to 
tell the Judge on that great day that I was so exceptionally good 
that I didn't need to be reborn, or, for that matter, to tell Him 
that even He couldn't save a sinner such as I! 

You are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. 
(Col. 3: 3) The cause of death was determined to be a fall upon 
a stone (Luke 20:18) by one who chose to be crucified. (Gal. 
2:20) Death came by choice, not accident; for the odds are 
impossibly high that you would accidently "humble yourself 
under the mighty hand of God," (I Pet. 5:6) which is 
prerequisite to this death. Honor follows humility, (Prov. 
15:33) so you may boldly ask, seek, and knock that God's good 
things may become available to you. (Matt, 7:7) These 
privileges belong to those who are dead to self. The body of 
this living sacrifice (Rom. 12:1) is a beautiful sight. How 
desirable is this death which leads to life! 

Having died with Christ, I am no longer my own, even as 
He left the splendor of heaven to accomplish the will of another. 
As I consider the station of one for whom an incredible ransom 
has been paid, I am persuaded that "ye are not your own... 
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which are God's. (I Cor. 6:19,20)Surely the ransomed were 
formerly doomed to death in trespasses and sins. Surely the 
funeral of the old man is a joy to attend, as one who was dead 
in sin becomes dead to sin and walks in newness of life. (Rom. 
6:11) Songs of praise are appropriate at this funeral, such as 
"Oh, how happy are they who their Saviour obey, Who has died 
me from sin to redeem " 

Must a person become dead in sin before he can become 
dead to sin and alive unto God? This need never happen. Jesus 
said about children, "Of such is the kingdom of heaven." (Matt. 
19:14) As children grow in years and understanding, the time 
comes when they realize that they must decide what they will 
do with Jesus. At this point they die, one way or another. If 
they choose to obey Him, they enter the life that's hid with 
Christ in God, never becoming dead in sin. Death in sin is the 
result of a choice to disobey God, which may take the fbnn of 
outright rebellion or of choosing not to choose. Ignoring the 
need to choose may be due to ignorance that every person has 
inherited the sin nature. To claim that I never inherited the sin 
nature exposes in me the hated sin of pride. (Prov. 6:16) The 
only other reason not to choose to obey God is to believe that 
He lied about hell being one possible destiny for man. 

Does the choice to obey God mean we can never become 
dead in sin? Even a man after God's own heart can fail. We 
wonder why it required a direct confrontation by Nathan before 
David repented of such an obvious sin against Uriah and 
Bathsheba. Since a Christian can fail of the grace of God, how 
carefully we should walk, "looking unto Jesus the author and 
finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him 
endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the 
right hand of the throne of God." (Heb. 12:2) 

The battle is real; our Help is supremely powerful; the 
victory is sure to the crucified with Christ. The faithful can 






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rejoice with the psalmist, "God will redeem my soul from the 
power of the grave: for he shall receive me." (Ps. 49: 15) 

Spirit so holy, Spirit of love, 
Spirit so gentle, sent from above; 
Priceless possession, purchase of blood, 
Good beyond measure, gift of our Lord. 

Spirit of wisdom, Spirit of light, 
Spirit of knowledge, showing the right; 
Guide us and teach us, frilly to know 
All that in Jesus God would bestow. 

Spirit so humble, Spirit so meek, 
Spirit so kindly, helping the weak; 
Work in and through us; make us to be 
Lowly and loving, yielding to Thee. 

Spirit of power, Spirit of God, 
Spirit of burning, work through Thy Word; 
Search us and sift us, spare not the dross, 
Show us that self life ends at the cross. 
(Poem by Daniel W. Whittle) 

David Royer 

Goshen, Indiana 



WHAT IS GOD DOING EST MY LIFE? 

Perhaps it is dangerous to try to classify Christians with 
such terms as carnal, on fire, weak, mature, and lukewarm, etc. 
Sometimes it is necessary, however, to at least look at different 
stages of growth and/or attitudes toward the Christian life so 
that some very important principles about our relationship to 
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examine some of these differences briefly as concerns the work 
of God on our inner nature. 

Many Christians in today's world see the work of God in 
their life as a rescue task; and once they're saved, their main 
interest, as far as their relationship to God, is to maintain their 
"faith" well enough to enter heaven after this life is over. At 
least two very sad results come from this: First of all, these 
people draw the greatest part of their daily satisfaction from 
their earthly pursuits and not from their relationship with God. 
Secondly, they are often much more concerned about 
conformity to their group's standards and opinions, and 
compare themselves among themselves rather than being 
concerned about God's perfect will for their lives and His 
opinion about their daily activities. 

Then there are those zealous Christians who have caught a 
vision for Christian service. They believe that they have been 
saved to serve and are willing to sacrifice and labor arduously 
to see whatever Christian endeavor that they are involved in, is 
developed to its utmost potential. Here lie some pitfalls as well. 
Zeal in itself is not spirituality. The Apostle Paul could testify 
to that. Many zealous people are contentious with others who 
get in their way. Many struggle with feelings of superiority 
over those who aren't involved in the same way in Christian 
service. Also, there is a tendency to receive motivation and 
satisfaction from the "success" of the task at hand and not from 
a personal relationship with God. I believe that this is what 
Jesus was cautioning the disciples about when they returned 
from a missionary tour, flushed with enthusiasm and zeal, 
feeling the deep satisfaction of having participated in the 
ministry of Jesus, and probably very excited about future 
possibilities. In Luke 10:70 we read, "And the seventy returned 
again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us 
through thy name." Jesus rejoiced with them, but added this 



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caution, "Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are 
subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are 
written in heaven." (Luke 10:20) 

I would like to suggest that the proper concern of the 
Christian is not what I can do for God, and certainly not merely 
making it through to heaven but rather a brokenness before the 
presence of God that desires and seeks for God to work in our 
hearts a transforming work that will impart, in a growing way, 
the very nature of Christ. The question isn f t, What can I do for 
God? but rather, What will I allow God to do in me? 

When the overriding passion of one's life is to know God 
and be known of God, some very beautiful things begin to 
happen: Firstly, it is a very humbling experience. Think of the 
story of the life of Isaiah the prophet. He was very zealous for 
God's cause, but when he received a vision of God in chapter 
six of Isaiah, it so humbled him that he cried out, "Woe is me! 
for I am undone!" (6:5) 

Another blessing of a broken heart is that service for God is 
rendered out of an inner passion of love for God, and the 
strength and vigor comes from a daily experience of being 
before the throne of God, not through fleshly human efforts. A 
broken-hearted Christian is concerned, not about Ms own glory, 
but for the glory of God. He takes a stand for what God says, 
not for what seems acceptable to the status quo. 

So many tilings could be mentioned about this important 
principle of what matters in the Christian experience, but Til cite 
just one more in this editorial. The vision for the future is not 
retirement, nor the final reaching of a goal but rather an 
advancement, a maturing of a relationship that has already 
begun. Entering heaven, while tenrdnaiing our earthly 
pilgrimage, though true, by no means will be the end of our 
seivice and of life with our Lord that has endless possibilities as 
we fulfil with perfect rapture forever the very reason for which 
we were created. 



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Some questions in closing: Do you desire God to work 
deeply in your life? What has He touched in your life the last 
few years? Do you serve Him out of obligation or out of love? 
Can you say without doubt, Tm filled with the Holy Spirit of 
God"? I hope you share this same burden: the desire to have as 
much of the divine nature of Jesus Christ developed in your 
daily walk of life as is possible for a human to have this side of 
heaven and to know that nothing else matters as much. "But 
this one tiling I do, forgetting those things which are behind, 
and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press 
toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in 
Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus 
minded." (Phil. 3: 13- 15a) 

By Duane Eby in the Mennonite Air Missions Newsletter 
Selected by Dr. Tom Anderson 



CORRECTION 

In a letter from Kevin Garber, he has asked to have a 
confession printed regarding an error he made in the article "An 
Experience to Remember" in the March, 1994, Pilgrim. We 
reprint the article here both to correct the error and because the 
experience is worth remembering. Kevin writes: 

Dear Leslie, 

Greetings in Jesus' name. I hope this finds you well. I'm 
writing in regards to an encounter I had in 2-6-94. You 
published it under the title "An Experience to Remember." I 
have come under conviction again as I was traveling concerning 
one word which I said I said, that 1 didn't say. In the line that 
said, "He was totally good, just and upright," the word "good" 
here was added later as I wrote this writing. I can't justify 
myself; it was a lie. In seeking the Lord for forgiveness I was 
not given peace until I resolved to confess it publicly. Please 



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print this. I would rather be embarrassed before men than 
before God. "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to 
forgive us our sim y and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 11 
(I John 1:9) 

In Christian love, 

Kevin Garber 

AN EXPERIENCE TO REMEMBER 

On February 6, 1994, I stopped at the AM-PM gas station 
west of Riverbank at approximately 9:45 p.m. I got gas, used 
the restroom, and when 1 came out I met two guys who accused 
me of running them off the road. The biggest one did most of 
the talking while the other one stood kind of behind me. Right 
off I knew I had trouble, so I started telling them about Jesus, 
that He died for them, and that they couldn't afford to die 
without Him, that He was their only hope. I said that all the 
misery and violence and pain was the result of sin, and Jesus 
died because of it. They asked me where Jesus was and what 
was He like. I said He was at the right hand of God the Father, 
and also in my heart, that He was totally just, and 

upright, and that He was coming soon for His people. He 
threatened to take me in the bathroom and shoot me through 
the mouth. I said I wasn't afraid to die and that if they killed 
me, I would go to be with Jesus. I said, in fact, I would rather 
leave this world of sin and be with Jesus. I think most of the 
battle passed by when they saw I wasn't afraid of them or afraid 
to die. At least once he reached his hand to his back pocket, 
but never brought anything out. I told them my God was all 
powerful, and that they couldn't hurt me unless He allowed 
them to. I said all have sinned; that's why Jesus came. He said 
his mother just died, and was I calling her a sinner? I said 
everyone has sinned except Jesus. He asked me why God 
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wrong. I said, "He is God and Tm not. I can't tell you why she 
died." I'm not sure how long it lasted--I think fifteen to twenty 
minutes. He ended up telling me several times I was very lucky, 
and the other one said they got the wrong guy. I said, "If you 
don't remember anything else, remember: You can't afford to 
die without Jesus and His blood covering your life." We ended 
up by shaking hands, and I told them I had no hard feelings. 
The more quiet one who stood behind me was visibly touched 
when we parted. Praise God for His grace and mercy. 

Kevin Garber 
Twain Harte, California 



GOD'S PRISM 

The prism is a small device 
Through which the light does flow; 
And then upon the other side, 
It's many colors glow. 

Thus God in wisdom has designed, 
His love through us should flow, 
That those who see the deeds we do, 
Will see the heavenly glow. 

The prism does not make the light; 
Just lets it pass on through. 
In light, is where the colors are; 
Not in what prisms do. 

Just so, 'tis not some good in us 
That draws the sinner in; 
But heavenly love, that shines on through, 
His heart to touch, and win. 
- James Beery 



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FOR YOUTH: MOUNTAIN CLIMBING 

Most folks climb mountains for the pleasure they receive in 
the panoramic view at the top. But these folks, in Bible days, 
went up for some other reasons. The reasons are stated; the 
names of the mountains are for you to figure out! 

(1) When the flood abated, Noah and his family were still in 
the ark— but the ark wasn't floating any more; it was resting 
upon this mountain! 

(2) A "contest" between the true God of Heaven and the 
false gods of Baal took place on this mountain. 

(3) The Lord came down upon this mountain, and Moses 
went up to meet Him and receive the Ten Commandments. 

(4) This mountain was the scene of Christ's Ascension into 
Heaven and the apostles came down it after Christ had gone up. 

(5) It was upon this mountain that Abraham was about to 
offer his only son Isaac as a sacrifice. 

(6) Moses saw a strange, supernatural sight on this 
mountain- a burning bush that didn't bum up! 

Answers: 

(1) Genesis 8:4 

(2) I Kings 18:19-40 

(3) Exodus 19:20 

(4) Acts 1:1-2 

(5) Genesis 22:2 

(6) Exodus 3:1-5 

--By Roy J. Wilkins 

Selected from The Sunday School Herald 



Living an example leaves little time for criticism of others. 

-Selected 



CHILDREN'S PAGE: SUPPERTIME WITH JOSEPH 

Screeeeeeech , . . Thud! Alarmed, Daddy and Matthew 
jumped up from their supper and rushed to the window to see 
what happened. A pickup had hit a deer. The deer was badly 
injured and needed to be butchered. The man and boy in the 
pickup were not hurt, but the grill and a headlight of the truck 
were broken. There was an hour of excitement— flashing red 
and blue lights on the sheriffs car, other traffic stopping to ask 
what happened, talking to the game warden. 

Later, as the family once more gathered around the table, 
that was all they could talk about. Daddy remarked that he was 
glad nobody was hurt, "I am, too/' said Joseph. "I think I'll 
have nightmares about it tonight. Maybe I won't even be able 
to sleep!" 

"Just don't think about it," was Matthew's advice. 

"But I cant help it!" Joseph stated. "It's just there, in my 
mind!" 

"You can chase those thoughts out of your mind, Joseph," 
began Mother. "YouVe learned a number of Bible verses that 
would be good to think about instead. 'The Lord is my 
Shepherd, I shall not want,' and ' What time I am afraid, I will 
trust in thee. 1 And songs! Just think about the songs 'Jesus 
Loves Me' and 'God Will Take Care of You.'" 

Daddy thoughtfully spoke, "Be thankful, Joseph, that you 
have better things to think about. Many children don't know 
even one Bible verse, nor any nice, comforting songs. Their 
parents don't either. Those poor children and their parents just 
have to live with fear in their minds. Sometimes they try to 
drown out the fearful thoughts with alcoholic drink, drugs, 
parties, and wild fun. But those things don't last long, and soon 
they have the fearftd thoughts again. We can have peace in our 
hearts all the time because we know Jesus and have God's Word 
to hide in our hearts and think about! 'Thou wilt keep him in 
perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee.'" —Linda Frick 



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SEARCHING THE SCRIPTURES; 
TRUTH VERSUS DECEPTION 

Truth is what all men desire. Where truth is upheld and 
lived is where the blessings of God are experienced. It is where 
faithfulness and trust are experienced in relationships, and in 
confidence and trust we commit ourselves to one another. This 
is the basis and foundation of true fellowship with God and one 
another. 

It is where the Scriptures are held as the only authority on 
truth, and it stands the test against all untruth. Not all men 
believe this. Either in word or act they declare something 
different. The result is the misery of alienating society from one 
another and from God. 

There are two reasons why men have rejected Biblical truth 
and absolutes. The one is unbelief in God; the other is then- 
deception by the father of untruth. (John 8:44) 

Jesus, being the truth, was concerned about what would 
take place in our time, and He taught that we shouldn't be 
caught in the snare of deception. 

Man has no problem with the truth and law of gravity - 
because of the immediate consequences 

Sodomy has become an accepted life style and is making 
inroads in the so-called Christian community, and because they 
lie against the truth, they are helpless to be delivered. Some 
claim they have no problem or that God created them this way. 
The only way a believer can submit to this is having been 
deceived. "If we say that we have fellowship with him, and 
walk in darkness, we Me, and do not the truth. " To claim this 
fellowship and not prove it is lying against the truth. It is the 
same state of deception as the ones that are helpless in sodomy. 
The truth is that the consequences will be the same. 



"But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds 
may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. 11 (John 
3:21) 

"Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth 
through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that 
ye love one another with a pure heart fervently." (I Peter 1:22) 

—Kenneth Martin 



Anything allowed in the heart which is contrary to the will 
of God, let it seem ever so insignificant, or be ever so deeply 
hidden, will sooner or later rob us of our communion and 
fellowship with Hha 

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VOL. 44 AUGUST, 1997 Na^ 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from 
fleshly lusts f which war against the soul." I Peter 2: 1 1 

SO SEND I YOU 
So send I you to labor unrewarded, 
To serve unpaid, unloved, unsought, unknown, 
To bear rebuke, to suffer scorn and scoffing— 
So send I you to toil for Me alone. 

So send I you to bind the bruised and broken, 
O'er wand'ring souls to work, to weep, to wake, 
To bear the burdens of a world a- weary- 
So send I you to suffer for My sake. 

So send I you to loneliness and longing, 
With heart a-hung'ring for the loved and known, 
Forsaking home and kindred, friend and dear one- 
So send I you to know My love alone. 

So send I you to leave your life's ambition, 
To die to dear desire, self-will resign, 
To labor long and love where men revile you- 
So send I you to lose your life in Mine. 

So send I you to hearts made hard by hatred, 

To eyes made blind because they will not see, 

To spend-though it be blood-to spend and spare not- 

So send I you to taste of Calvary. 

-E. Margaret Clarkson 
"As my Father hath sent me, even so send I you." -John 20:21 



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FRUIT 

Fruit is pouring into bins and bags in this harvest season in 
the central valley of California. The abundant harvest is a 
product of diligent effort to care for the orchards-to plant, 
prune, irrigate, fertilize, and bring in the product. And yet all 
the labor will not produce the fruit without God's blessing. Paul 
writes (I Cor. 3:6): "I have planted, Apollos watered; but God 
gave the increase." He compares the care a farmer gives his 
crops to the care the Christian Church must have and the 
blessing God must give in order to produce fruit. 

Besides care and labor, there must be prqmration before a 
crop can be planted. This central valley of California was once 
a desert. It took planning, engineering, and multiple thousands 
of dollars to develop the irrigation systems, level the fields, and 
make the desert blossom and bear fruit. So it is in the spiritual 
field. With great cost God made a way for man to be fruitfid to 
Him. 

A farmer plants an orchard for one purpose; the harvest. It 
is pleasing to drive by a new orchard or vineyard and see the 
accurately-placed rows lined up in every direction. We like to 
watch these trees develop each year with deep green leaves 
showing the fertilizing and timely watering the farmer gives. 
And yet a pleasing appearance is not enough. The fanner plants 
to receive fruit. Green leaves will not pay bills. 

In our lives as well, God looks for fruit. He made the 
preparation when He gave His only Son to die in our place. 
Now He cares for us so faithfully, and He expects a harvest. 
Jesus told of the fig tree on which the owner found no fruit. He 
said to the dresser of the vineyard, "Behold, these three years I 
come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; 
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"Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it , and 
dung it: And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that 
thou shalt cut it down." What mercy and patience our heavenly 
Father has for us! But there is also a warning we need to hear 
in this parable: God expects fruit, whether the field be Israel, 
the Church, or individual Christians. 

Jesus used other parables about fruit bearing, and the people 
understood well what He meant because this was a vital part of 
their daily life. In 1960 only about one-eighth of the people of 
the United States lived on farms, and it is even less today. But 
almost everyone works with plants in some way or has at least a 
small garden. His teaching is clear. 

In John 15, Jesus says, "I am the true vine, and my Father is 
the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he 
taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, 
that it may bring forth more fruit." In several ways in this same 
chapter He tells us that we must be connected to Him or we 
cannot bear fruit-in fact, He says, ". . .Without me ye can do 
nothing," We cut off a branch from a tree and it dies; it cannot 
produce anything. Without Jesus we are dead branches. But 
when we have life from Him and are growing branches, we can 
bear much fruit. 

We know we are dependent on Jesus for life. What then is 
our part in this fruit bearing? We are compared to a branch, 
and in some parables, the soil. Are we then completely passive- 
-without responsibility or action? Beginning with Adam and 
Eve and Cain, men and women have always been held 
responsible for their deeds. We could not survive the 
consequences of our actions if it weren't for God's mercy and 
grace through Jesus' shed blood. Even the fig tree in Jerusalem 
was cursed when Jesus found no fruit on it. But when we are 
supplied with God's grace and the power of the Holy Spirit, it is 
possible as new creatures to bear fruit to the glory of God. Our 
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deny our selfish interests, take up the cross, and yield our lives 
to Him. 

In His Word are listed the fruits God looks for. Galatians 
5:22,23 names love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, 
goodness, faith, meekness, temperance. Hebrews 12:11 
mentions the "peaceable fruit of righteousness." These fruits 
are expressed to others by deeds of kindness, sharing, praise to 
God, and faithful living. It is easy to see that by ourselves we 
cannot produce such good fruit. We tend to expect these good 
things in others but make excuses for our own failures. How 
dependent we are upon our heavenly Father! 

Perhaps one form of fruit bearing is in the generations 
following. One old brother expressed his thankfulness when his 
sons chose to serve in God's Kingdom. He said, "When I see 
my boys serving the Lord, it makes me feel as if I am bearing 
fruit." 

Jesus said in Luke 6:44, "For every tree is known by his 
own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a 
bramble bush gather they grapes." In verse 46, He said, "And 
why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?" 
God knows our hearts. And it is a sad part of humanity when 
we claim to be good trees and children of God, and do not 
follow Jesus in obedience. 

When we look at a well-cared-for almond orchard loaded 
with nuts, we don't honor the trees; we think of a diligent 
fanner who really knows how to raise almonds. So it is if our 
lives are bearing fruit. The glory and the credit go to the One 
who made us and enables us to act in obedience to Him 

As we enjoy the luscious peaches and grapes, and preserve 
for winter the fruit so abundant, let us not forget the lessons 
God gives regarding our own lives. Is there any fruit for God's 
glory? Are we barren trees? May we yield to God's pruning 
and careful tending that we may bear fruit for Him. —L.C 



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TEACHING AND ADMONISHING . . IN SINGING 

Recently we attended a meeting nearby where the sermon 
subject was on attitudes. The word "attitude," is not in the 
Scriptures, and is found only once in our hymnbook. (Hymn 
216) The day after this meeting this song was repeatedly in our 
minds. This made us think of the power of song as a teaching 
tool — a thought we will attempt to share. 

In two of his epistles, the apostle brother exhorts us to teach 
and admonish one another with singing (See Col. 3:16; Eph. 
5:19). In I Cor. 14:26 he makes mention that members of the 
Body, in an effort to edify one another, often have a psalm 
selection or original composition to share. Earlier he says 
singing is to be with understanding (vs. 15). The overall 
emphasis goes back to the principle that as members of Christ's 
Body, we are to teach and admonish one another to a life in 
Christ, full of grace, good works, truth, love, purity, and 
wholesomeness. We are to think on these things. (Phil. 4:8) 

One cannot deny that music has great power. Anyone who 
has ever had a song repeatedly pass through their mind can 
testify of music's subconscious effect. We believe group singing 
promotes unity. Maybe some can remember the childhood song 
"When we all work... play... together-how happy we'll be." 
Perhaps we could say "sing" also. Music, with its emotional 
qualities, increases communal working and cooperation that is 
wholesome and healing. It has been said a singing church is a 
growing church. Many in the past — the Anabaptists, the 
Moravian Brethren, and the Wesleys - have been particularly 
noted for their singing and music, and obviously they knew its 
effectiveness. 

This makes music an important issue, and critical that it 
follow apostolic injunction. Peter Rideman in his 1545 
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reason we say that to sing spiritual songs is good and pleasing 
to God if we sing in the right way, that is, attentively, in the fear 
of God and as inspired by the Spirit of Christ, for it is for this 
reason that they are called spiritual songs... (they)., attract and 
move men to blessedness... He... who singeth in the Spirit 
considereth every word, how far and whither it goeth, why it 
hath been used and how it may serve to his betterment. He who 
doeth this singeth to the Lord's praise, to the betterment of both 
himself and others, and as an instigation to a godly hie." This 
singing in the Spirit is contrasted with singing in the letter, a 
lifeless form. Let's consider for a moment our church book.... 

First, we begin the Christian lite by beholding "a Stranger at 
the door" (216) knocking. Then the one who answers can say, 
"How happy every child of grace," (217) and sing the baptism 
song "Jesus all the day long is my joy and my song." (220) For 
those who are lingering and rejecting the call to follow the 
Christ with their all, there are pleas (223, 226, etc..) There are 
exhortations to the believing community to "bear each other's 
load" (302) so that we can truly say "Courage, brother do not 
stumble." (537) We must "search our ways and see; Have they 
been just and right" (508) and "watch my tongue, lest I let slip 
one sinful word, Or do my neighbor wrong.(513) There is 
comfort for those who have left all -wealth, ambition, friends, 
family, self (225,545) to be the true disciples of Christ, counting 
the cost, which fits and describes any and every true believer, 
(543) to be faithful to the "ancient order, And the one faith of 
the Church" (558), and to be quiet, gentle, and sober. Only 
those who are true to this narrow way are the true possessors 
who will be accepted, although many profess. (543) Think on 
hymn 542. It is both sobering and reassuring. Hymn 544 is a 
prayer for life in Zion, where healing is found, as well as refuge 
for one who has sought the world around (501). These can 
testify "Dear church, I love thee, yes I do,... to thee may I be 
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(275) gloriously foretold of prophets and sages of old, of which 
"our fathers oft have told... (of) wonders in their days 
performed, And elder times than theirs." (553) This 
regenerated heart, an inhabitant of Zion, can sing the glory of 
Christ and His Body hi the magnificent words of Hymn 279. 
Beloved, we could go on and on. There is so much. Just 
search for yourselves. 

The Christian Hymnary, as well as many others, are also 
foil of wonderful teachings. For example— Because "Great is 
Thy Faithfulness" (100), the redeemed can also sing "Thy way 
and all thy sorrows, give thou into His hands" (341). The one 
who has done this will "strive aright" (276) to "press on to 
perfection" (281). This entails determination eternally for God 
(818), This shuts out "fear of feeble man" (252) constraining 
men to come to Christ and His Body. Pride must be destroyed 
(415) or God will give stern Judgment (414)--these latter two 
are martyr hymns. True Christians cannot harbor hate or envy 
(416), not of forced faith, but of willing heart and promise 
sealed through water baptism for life. Take a look at the 
hymnbooks and their subject headings. It's a thrilling realization 
that the apostles' teachings are being upheld in worthy hymns. 

In the 1969 Moravian Brethren hymnal a quote from 
Nicholas Ludwig van Zinzendorf says: "The hymnal is a kind of 
response to the Bible, an echo and extension thereof. In the 
Bible one perceives how the Lord communicated with mankind; 
and in the hymnal, how mankind communicated with the Lord." 
In view of this we should then realize our music is serious 
business. We do not mean the false piety and seriousness that 
pretends to be religious. This is disgusting and no less than 
hypocrisy. The apostle James says singing is to pour forth from 
a joyful heart!! (James 5:13) The Psalms echo this over and 
over! But it is to be decent and in order as everything else is to 
be done. (I Cor. 14:40) It is imperative that our music be of 
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holiness in life. Tliis does away with cheap and giddy music 
that might claim to be religious. 

At the first we mentioned how a hymn repeatedly was in our 
minds exhorting us subconsciously. We believe this is one way 
of following the apostle f s teaching that we exhort one another 
DAILY\ No, this is no substitute at all for personal 
involvement, but is just a means to help accomplish this end. 
All who love God keep His commandments and love one 
another. Because we love one another, we are anxious to have 
daily interaction. Because the times are evil we need one 
another's support, no less now than when the apostle wrote this. 
(Heb. 3:13-15: 10:25-27) Singings are one means to an end. A 
hymn can often speak to us for whatever peculiar situation we 
happen to be in at the moment. It behooves us to make right 
choices, and to sing our best. 

We hope the following words can burn in your heart, and it 
is our hope that for all of us in our dear fraternity that our music 
and singing would serve to accomplish this end. 

We would be building; temples still undone 
O'er crumbling walls their crosses scarcely lift; 
Waiting till love can raise the broken stone, 
And hearts creative bridge the human rift. 
We would be building; Master, let Thy plan 
Reveal the life that God would give to man. 

Teach us to build; upon the solid rock 

We set the dream that hardens into deed, 

Ribbed with the steel that time and change doth mock, 

The unfailing purpose of our noblest creed. 

Teach us to build; O Master, lend us sight 

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O keep us building, Master; may our hands 
Ne'er falter when the dream is in our hearts, 
When to our ears there come divine commands 
And all the pride of sinful will departs. 
We build with Thee; O grant enduring worth 
Until the heav'nly Kingdom comes on earth. 

— Purd Deitz, 1 935 (Sing to the tune Finlandia. ) 
—Love and greetings, Michael Harris, Arcanum, Ohio 



WHAT DO YOU WRITE? 



Of course you have read the Bible, and you know many 
others who read it. But did you know that people who never 
look inside the covers of the printed Bible are reading you every 
day? 

You are writing a gospel which others will read, 
Each day and each hour, you ought to give heed, 
To all that you do, and all that you say, 
For, verily, you write the gospel each day. 
We aren't writing a book to be printed or bound in leather 
covers to be placed on the pulpit in the church Sunday morning, 
or on a shelf in your home, but more people are reading you 
than who read the printed book. Think for a moment what 
kind of book you are writing. Your friends and neighbors and 
even people you don't know very well, know that you go to 
church, and maybe joined, or made some kind of promise. They 
naturally will wonder and watch to see if you keep your 
promises. What kind of idea will they get from watching you? 
People have been tempted in one way or another to see how 
they will act. Whether we realize it or not, we are writing every 
day. The Saviour you love is being judged by what you do and 
say as you go about your daily tasks. You have no choice in 
the matter of exerting influence and of writing or not writing 
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will wield; what kind of gospel you will write. The written 
word is all important; it has come down to us inspired of God. 
But the living word, lived by Christ's followers throughout the 
world is also important, and its importance lies in the fact that 
everyone is reading it. 

—From Aunt Bertie's papers 



THE CONTRAST 

Guilty! cries our enemy! 
Condemn him now to die! 
He violates the precepts, 
You gave him from on High. 
He claims to live Your teachings; 
But 'tis sometimes a lie. 
He often fails his duties; 
Why does he even try? 

I understand I'm guilty. 

He's right, my soul does know. 

I do deserve to perish. 

My sinfidness You show. 

Oh! Will You Lord, forgive me? 

My faults, they bring me low. 

I want to serve You, Jesus; 

To Heaven with You, I'd go. 

Forgiven! cries the Savior! 
I shed My blood for you! 
I know you fail Me often, 
But I will see you through. 
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My love has made provision, 
So on your way pursue. 

These attitudes, they contrast 
Forgiveness from above 
With Satan's hate and meanness, 
His total lack of love. 
Praise God! for His forgiveness 
That comes down like the dove, 
To save us from the devil 
And take us up above. 

-James Beery 

GOD'S REMEDY 

I know what's wrong with the world today: 
People have all thrown their Bibles away— 
They live by the law of the jungle— a sham, 
Not the way of the Lord or the law of the Lamb. 

Our Lord has said there is no excuse 

For lying and stealing and human abuse 

Yet man turns from the Lord 

And says, "What's the use?" 
So now my brethren all you I hold dear, 
Our Lord's charge to us is so perfectly clear— 
The evil one walks in this world we know 
Trying to snare us and drag us below. 

So let's gather together 

And turn our heads above 

And support one another 

in prayer and in love. 

-Darrell Martin 
Modesto, California 



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BLIND SIGHTED 

WeVe traveled, dear Lord, a very long way. 
Tve followed You closely by night and by day. 
Always so close, while holding Your hand. 
Always a glimpse of part of Your plan. 

But now, Lord, it's darker than ever before. 

I can't catch a glimmer of what YouVe in store. 

I know You've not left me, though I don't feel You near. 

Have I displeased You, Savior? Is that why I'm left here? 

Silence surrounds me, no light for a guide. 
Yet I know I must follow, must stay at Your side. 
So, is this where the faithful are put to the test? 
To believe in the darkness? To fight without rest? 

A blindness of sorts; oh! The aching to see, 
And when all is revealed, oh! What joy there will be. 
So I'll never stop seeking or fighting to win. 
Though the devil surrounds me, Til never give in. 

I'll hear when You're silent; I'll see without light. 
I'll follow with faith's eyes through blackest of night. 
Though my wounds pain my deeply and lonely I be, 
I've yet to come close to where You've gone for me. 

-Gail J. Storkel 



BAPTISMS-Eastern Congregation 
Joel Royer and Caleb Royer July 6 
John Brandt and Lisa Fletcher July 27 
May these new members be faithful and grow in grace. 



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BIRTH 
MARTIN -- A son, Kirt Clifton, born July 18, to Kevin and Ina 
Martin of New Paris, Indiana. 



MARRIAGES 
BRUBAKER -- COVER Eric Brubaker and Laura Cover were 
married July 12, at Tuolumne, California. 

Their address is P.O. Box 449 

Wakarusa, IN 46573 
(219) 862-4224 
HUFFMAN -- COVER Philip Hufiman and Rhoda Cover 
were married July 19, at Tuolumne, California. 

Their address is 1378 South Snyder Road 

New Lebanon, OH 45345 
(937) 835-8003 



ADDRESS CHANGES 
Thomas E. Miller 25600 C.R. 44, Rt. 4 

Nappanee, IN 46550 
(219) 862-4381 

Kendall Moser 22962 State Rt. 1 19 

Goshen, IN 46526 
(219) 537-9042 

CHILDREN'S PAGE: A House That Stands 

We have all heard the story "The Three Little Pigs." 

The first pig built a house of straw. The straw was quick to 

use and didn't cost much. But when the wolf (the adversary) 

came along, the straw was flimsy and didnt hold up. 

The second pig built a house of sticks. The sticks were 

stronger and cost a little more. However, they too didn't hold 

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The third pig built a house of bricks. This house took more 
time to build. It cost more but was stronger and held up when 
the wolf came. 

Like the three little pigs, we too can choose what to build 
our lives with. If we build with the things of the world, we will 
build with straw. Then when the adversary (the devil) comes, 
we won't be able to stand against him, 

If we try to please the world and Christ, we will build with 
sticks. We will be like some people who say, ,! I won't go all the 
way with Christ, but my house is better than the house made of 
straw." 

No, we are not pigs. But sometimes we want to do things 
the cheapest and quickest way. When we make decisions, let's 
remember the two pigs that got their houses destroyed. It pays 
to make good decisions. Work to build on Jesus, and then the 
devil can't destroy our peace, and nothing can harm us. 

—Serena Foster 



SEARCHING THE SCRIPTURES 

"Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy 
of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.' 1 This charge is a 
personal obligation of all believers. The keeping of this is 
continually threatened by this world's values and our human 
nature. The security we have in this is in God's eternal truth 
which is revealed in His written word. 

In the physical world we know well the laws of safe 
keeping. Our sisters know the laws of preserving fruit, meat, 
and vegetables. Whenever the seal is broken on a jar, or the 
freezer quits working, the results are unavoidable: the food will 
spoil. So it is in the safe keeping of Christ's love. Whenever 
the laws of safekeeping are violated, we have the same results 
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The safe keeping of Christ's love can only be preserved in 
the environment the Scriptures cite us to. To enter this 
environment we must fully surrender everything we have and 
are— even our physical lives if need be. How we are responding 
to this total commitment is now the evidence of safekeeping. 
The proof of the safe keeping of Christ's love is visible to the 
world: 

"Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill 
cannot be hid." (Matt. 5:14) 

"But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy 
nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises 
of him who hath called you out of darkness in to his marvellous 
fight" (I Pet 2:9) 

"Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good 
manners. 11 (ICor. 15:33) 

"Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the 
friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever 
therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God." 
(James 4:4) 

"Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. 
If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him." 
(I John 2: 15) 

"Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be like-minded, having the same 
love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done 
through strife or vain glory; but in lowliness of mind let each 
esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on 
his own things, but every man also on the things of others." 
(Phil 2:2-4) 

"Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for 
another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of 
a righteous man availeth much." (James 5:16) 

"Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another: 
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remembrance was written before him for them that feared the 
Lord, and that thought upon his name." (Mai. 3:16) 

"If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye 
also ought to wash one another's feet." (John 13:14) 
"And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to 
good works: not forsaking the assembling of ourselves 
together, as the manner of some is: but exhorting one another: 
and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching." (Heb. 
10:24,25) 

"Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of 
another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous." (I Pet. 3:8) 

"Wherefore, comfort yourselves together, and edify one 
another, even as also ye do." (I Thess. 5:11) 

"But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye: 
and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled." (I Pet. 
3:14) 

Wanting to preserve the love of Christ in our hearts and 
ignoring the law of preserving it, is just as foolish as trying to 
preserve food without a seal. 

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HEART GRATITUDE 

My God, I thank Thee who hast made 

The earth so bright. 
So full of splendor, and of joy, 

Beauty and light, 
So many glorious things are here, 

Noble and right, 

I thank Thee, too, that Thou hast made 

Joy to abound; 
So many gentle thoughts and deeds 

Circling us 'round; 
That in the darkest hours on earth 

Love may be found. 

I thank Thee more that all our joy 

Is touched with pain; 
That shadows fall on brightest hours; 

That thorns remain; 
So that earth's bliss may be our guide 

And not our chain. 

I thank Thee, Lord, that Thou hast kept 

The best in store; 
We have enough, yet not too much 

To long for more; 
A yearning for a deeper peace 

Not known before. 

-Frederick Charles Maker, 1876 



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Publishing editor: Leslie Cover 
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TEMPTATION 

Temptation is an offered opportunity to do wrong. It is an 
experience common to all responsible people, rich or poor, male 
or female, young or old. Behind it is the enemy of God— the 
enemy of our souls— the one who tempted our Savior and the 
faithfid of the past—Satan— that old serpent the devil. 

In our better moments it is easy to denounce him, He 
appears repulsive when we are close to the Lord. But alone, 
like a lamb leaving the flock, we are vulnerable, and then Satan 
wears his disguise, and his evil propositions appear as 
something desirable. 

It happened to Eve. She evidently was alone when the 
serpent presented Ms enticement. And the forbidden fruit, 
which should have been repulsive to her, appeared as something 
good with enjoyable results: she would be wise! 

Temptation comes in various forms, as we all know so well. 
It stalks into our various areas of experience which are 
thoughts, words, and actions. 

Though our thoughts are not deeds, they are none the less 
real. Our Savior, in His famous Sermon on the Mount, said that 
to be angry with our brother without a cause and to denounce 
him as a fool (Here are sins in thought and word.) is dangerous 
even though we would not kill him in transgression of the law. 
He said we can sin in our hearts by lusting after a woman, even 
though we would not break the law by carrying out the act. 
The point is that many can see (and gossip about) an outward 
act of sin. Some will hear our wrong words. But our wrong 
thoughts, though no one hears or sees, are also sin in God f s 
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Sometimes we are tempted to neglect things we should do. 
These are sins of omission. It is the easy way to forget to share 
with others— our time, attention, and love. It costs less to keep 
what should be our offerings or tithes. To be silent when we 
should speak out may not get us so easily in trouble, but it is 
also a sin of omission. 

And then there is the temptation to be proud even though 
we have so little to be proud of. Pride and humility are 
opposites; one is Satan's offer, the other God's will for us. 

Immediately after His baptism by John, Jesus was led by the 
Spirit into the wilderness. There He fasted for forty days, and 
Satan harassed Him with temptation the whole time. The three 
recorded propositions of Satan seem to be at the end of the 
forty days when He was weak and hungry. Hebrews 4:15 states 
that He "was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without 
sin." 

We are told in James 1:13 that "God cannot be tempted 
with evil, neither tempteth he any man." But Jesus, in His role 
as a man, was tempted in every way we are. When we feel 
drawn to lust or pride or envy or anger, let us remember with 
reverence and gratitude that Jesus went through this too and 
came out victorious. We might think, M Oh, but He is God and 
had the power to resist, and I don't." Let us remember that He 
was a man and that it would have been no temptation to Him if 
it would have been impossible for Him to yield. 

Let us also be reminded that God has made the power 
available to us, too. This promise is given m I Cor. 10:13: 
"There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to 
man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted 
above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a 
way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it." 

Besides the forty days of acute temptation, Jesus had it 
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decide what you would have done, remembering that Jesus' 
sensitivity and knowledge of justice is greater than ours. 

1.) Passing through Samaria on His way to Jerusalem 
(Luke 9:51-56), Jesus was not received by the people of one 
village. They may have insulted Him as a Jew or at least 
ignored Him. His disciples James and John wondered if they 
should call down fire upon them as Elijah had done centuries 
before. Jesus, not yielding to this meting out justice without 
mercy, rebuked James and John saying, "Ye know not what 
manner of spirit ye are of. For the Son of man is not come to 
destroy men's lives, but to save them" They went to another 
village. 

2.) Jesus denounced the Pharisee leaders for their 
hypocrisy. It would have been easier to say nothing and not 
brought down then wrath, but He resisted the easy way and did 
His Father's will. 

3.) Over and over His disciples failed to believe Him and 
misunderstood His message. Peter rebuked Him for telling 
them He was going to Jerusalem to die. Jesus must have been 
strongly tempted to lose patience with them. But He overcame 
in this point as well. 

Perhaps Jesus' greatest temptation came in the Garden of 
Gethsemane where He wrestled and won victory to carry out 
the plan of the Father to drink the bitter cup of suffering for 
crimes He did not commit. He "became sin for us" and 
accepted the curse of hanging on a tree like a sinner, though He 
was "holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and 
made higher than the heavens." How forever thankful we 
should be that He overcame. Even on the cross they taunted 
Him to show His power and come down. Thanks be to God for 
His perseverance and victory over every form of temptation. 

Satan capitalizes on our weaknesses. We like to be 
respected, to have friends. To this end we are tempted to be 
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crowd, take up the world's fashions, and think like those on the 
broad road. But Jesus calls us to come out from among them 
to be His special people. He says in His word to love not the 
world and its lusts. 

When we are truly separated from "the world" is when we 
can minister to the needs around us. Some would say it is the 
other way around— that we must be like other people to help 
them One brother remarked that a doctor does not become 
sick like his patients to help them. No, he is trained to diagnose 
the problem and prescribe a remedy. That remedy is Jesus. 
Satan will do all he can to tempt us to bypass the remedy or to 
even ignore the fact that there is a problem 

Many of our temptations come when we are alone. When 
our thoughts run to evil, it may be a thrill to the flesh, but how 
it corrupts our pure minds! How much time it wastes when we 
could be thinking on the good things of Philippians 4:8! 

Another form of temptation is in pretense or show. The 
Pharisees were deceived by this false value, but it is just as 
prevalent in our time. We become critical of others and value 
the show of wealth or knowledge. Even the poor are not 
immune. "But they that will be rich fall into many foolish and 
hurtful lusts, which drown men in perdition, 1 ' (I Tim 6:9) 

God has a "way to escape" for every temptation that can 
attack us. In one of John Bunyan's allegories, the young soldier 
is being assailed by an enemy (temptation). He fights a losing 
battle alone until he remembers that the Lord had given him a 
silver trumpet called prayer which he blows to summon 
immediate help. The Savior told His disciples (Luke 22:40): 
"Pray that ye enter not into temptation." Prayer is one of our 
defenses. 

When Satan tempted Jesus, to every one of the propositions 
Jesus answered, "It is written..." We too can use the Word of 
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way we need to study aiul even memorize the Word that we 
might call it to rescue us in our hour of trial 

A third defense is the treasury of hymns we know. Many of 
these words and even tunes were conceived in the midst of 
severe struggles by devout men and women of the past. They 
can help us too as we sing through the struggles with the 
adversary. 

Let us never forget that God sees us in our straits and hears 
us when we call. We have this assurance of James 1:12: 
"Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is 
tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath 
promised to them that love him. " -L. C. 



GOD WORKS IN US 

The maturity of a Christian experience cannot be reached in 
a moment, but is the result of the work of God's Holy Spirit, 
who, by His energizing and transforming power, causes us to 
grow up into Christ in all things. And we cannot hope to reach 
this maturity in any way other than by yielding ourselves up, 
utterly and willingly, to His mighty working. But the 
sanctification the Scriptures urge, as a present experience upon 
all believers does not consist in maturity of growth, but in purity 
of heart; and this may be as complete in the early as in our later 
experiences. 

The lump of clay, from the moment it comes under the 
transforming hand of the potter, is, during each day and each 
hour of the process, just what the potter wants it to be at that 
hour or on that day, and therefore pleases him, but it is very far 
from being matured into the vessel he intends in the fixture to 
make it. 

The little babe may be all that a babe could be, or ought to 
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very far from being what that mother would wish it to be when 
the years of maturity shall come. 

The apple in June is a perfect apple for June; it is the 
best apple that June can produce; but it is very different from 
the apple in October, which is a perfected apple. 

God's works are perfect in every stage of their growth. 
Man's works are never perfect until they are in eveiy respect 
complete. 

All that we claim, then, in this life of sanctification is that by 
an act of faith we put ourselves into the hands of the Lord, for 
Him to work in us all the good pleasure of His will, and then, by 
a continuous exercise of faith, keep ourselves there. This is our 
part in the matter. And when we do it, and while we do it, we 
are, in the Scripture sense, truly pleasing to God, although it 
may require years of training and discipline to mature us into a 
vessel that shall be in all respects to His honor, and fitted to 
every good work. 

Our part is the trusting; it is His to accomplish the results. 
And when we do our part, He never fails to do His, for no one 
ever trusted in the Lord and was confounded. Do not be afraid, 
then, that, if you trust, or tell others to trust, the matter will end 
there. Trust is the beginning and the continuing foundation; but 
when we trust, the Lord works, and His work is the important 
part of the whole matter. And this explains that apparent 
paradox which puzzles so many. They say, "In one breath you 
tell us to do nothing but trust, and in the next you tell us to do 
impossible things. How can you reconcile such contradictory 
statements?" They are to be reconciled, just as we reconcile the 
statements concerning a saw in a carpenter's shop when we say, 
at one moment, that the saw has sawn asunder a log, and the 
next moment declare that the carpenter has done, it. The saw is 
the instrument used; the power that uses it is the carpenter's 
And so we, yielding ourselves unto God, and our members as 
instruments of righteousness unto Him, find that He works in us 



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to will and to do of His good pleasure, and we can say with 
Paul, "I labored; yet not I, but the grace of God which was with 
me." 

In the divine order, God's working depends upon our 
cooperation. Of our Lord it was declared that at a certain place 
He could do there no mighty work because of their unbelief. It 
was not that He would not, but He could not. 1 believe we 
often think of God that He will not, when the real truth is that 
He cannot. Just as the potter, however skilful, cannot make a 
beautiful vessel out of a lump of clay that is never put into his 
hands, so neither can God make out of me a vessel unto His 
honor unless 1 put myself into His hands. My part is the 
essential correlation of God's part in the matter of my salvation; 
and as God is sure to do His part all right, the vital tiling for are 
is to find out what my part is, and then do it. 

-from The Christian's Secret Of A Happy Life 
by Hannah Whitall Smith 



ADDRESS CHANGES 



Stephen Beery 4276 W. Wander Rd. 

Williamsport, IN 47993 
(765) 893-4064 

Daniel Beery 67200 C.R. 11 

Goshen, IN 46526 



BIRTH 
ROYER — A daughter, Sylvia Jean, bora August 26, to 
Sam and Rosanna Royer of Nappanee, Indiana. 



Jm^JLGRIM. 



THE COMING DAY 

There'll come a day when the suprernest splendor 

Of earth or sky or sea, 
Whate'er their miracles, sublime or tender, 

Will wake no joys in me. 

There'll come a day when all the aspiration 

Now with such fervor fraught 
As lifts to heights of breathless exaltation, 

Will seem a thing of naught. 

There'll come a day when riches, honor, glory, 

Music, and song, and art, 
Will look like puppets in a worn out story 

Where each has played his pan. 

Tliere'll come a day when human love, the sweetest 

Gift that includes the whole 
Of God's grand giving- sovereignest, completest- 

Shall fail to fill my soul. 

Tliere'll come a day- 1 shall not care how passes 

The cloud across my sight 
If only, lark like, from earth's nested grasses 

I spring to meet its light. 

-Selected from J.M. Kimmel's Scrap Book 



Tonight, my soul, be still and sleep; 
The storms are raging on God's deep- 
God's deep, not thine; be still and sleep. 
—Selected 



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GODLY OBEDIENCE - HAPPINESS 

"Happy are ye,"the Savior said; 
If you will do the things you know. 
What I have done; the way I led; 
If you'd be blest; then you must go. 

*Tis not enough, to just believe; 
The blessing comes, when we obey. 
And when we learn, but won't receive— 
A truth from Him; we fall away. 

In humble faith, may we each day, 
Walk in the way, that He has shown. 
Just not enough, the words we say; 
For by our deeds, shall we be known. 

'Happy you'll be, "the Savior said; 
When life is o'er, and I return, 
And on that day, raise up the dead, 
And all your deeds, do there discern— 

What joy you'll feel, if I then say- 
"To others ye, good deeds have done; 
Come, enter life. YouVe kept my ways, 
And through my strength, the vict'ry won!" 

-James Beery 



If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me. 

Psalm 66: 18 



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THE LORD WILL PROVIDE 

In some way or other the Lord will provide; 
It may not be my way, 
It may not be thy way, 
And yet in his own way 
The Lord will provide. 

At some time or other the Lord will provide; 
It may not be my time, 
It may not be thy time, 
And yet in His own time 
The Lord will provide. 

Despond then no longer, the Lord will provide; 
And this be the token: 
No word He hath spoken 
Was ever yet broken. 
The Lord will provide. 

March on then, right boldly; the sea shall divide; 
The pathway made glorious, 
With shoutings victorious; 
We'll join in the chorus: 
The Lord will provide! 

-MAW. Cook 
Selected by Sharon See 



Study the Bible to be wise; 
believe it to be safe; 
practice it to be holy. 
—Selected 



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SEARCHING THE, SCRIPTURES 
BAPTISM 

The question is often asked, "Is water baptism a 
requirement of salvation?" How should we value its impor- 
tance? What are the requirements before we can receive it? 

Jesus made it clear that except a man be born again he 
cannot see the kingdom of God. The question was raised, 
"How can this be? Can a man enter the second time into his 
mother's womb and be born again?" Jesus replied that unless 
we be born of water and the Spirit, we cannot enter into the 
kingdom of God. 

To be born physically and be alive there are two absolutes 
present- water and the breath of life. Water is the physical law, 
the breath of life is the spiritual law. There is no birth without 
the physical law, there is no life without the spiritual law. 
Physical birth is not a pleasant thing to observe or experience. 
Suffering and anguish are present. 

Jesus, in His teaching, often used natural, physical 
involvement to convey a spiritual experience. He Himself 
proved this when He came to earth to redeem us from the 
power of sin and death. He could have, through the Spirit, 
somehow revealed to man that through spiritual experience of 
the mind He would suffer and die for us, and if we had faith in 
this promise we would be saved. He knew the suffering and 
death, pronounced on man, had to be dealt with in a physical 
way and that there was no escape for this. His physical 
involvement was necessary. Tlie promise of His coming was 
revealed to the prophets long before it came to pass, but not 
until physical involvement in suffering and death was the 
promise fulfilled. 

The Scriptures call us not only to believe in His name, but 
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experience physically. The flesh in itself would reject it. In it 
we verbally declare His name, we bow our heads in submission 
to death, we experience physical burial and resurrection. 

The Scriptures reveal that physical water baptism is 
symbolic of His death, burial, and resurrection. "Know ye not, 
that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were 
baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by 
baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the 
dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in 
newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the 
likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his 
resurrection. 11 (Ronx6:3-5) 

In the likeness of His death, we bow our heads in 
submission to death, are buried in a watery grave, and rise from 
this as He arose. 

We know that the physical act of baptism, in itself will not 
save us. We also know that the physical suffering and death of 
Jesus, in itself could not save or benefit us, but because of Who 
He was, and His obedience to its significance, is why it has 
saving power. 

There are those that point to the thief on the cross; he didn't 
have water baptism but had salvation. The statement that he 
made on the cross that saved him, we also make at baptism He 
acknowledged Ms sin and accepted physical death as justice- 
then called on the name of the Lord. This would indicate that if 
he had the opportunity to receive water baptism he would have 
requested it. 

In water baptism we also confess our sins and bow our head 
in recognition to physical death as justice. Our peace now with 
physical death (which is waiting for all of us) and faith in the 
atonement of Jesus is what makes us a new creature in Christ 
Jesus. This faith is what gives us strength to overcome the flesh 
while we live physically. It cleanses us from all our sins and 
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Obedience to physical water baptism, and all its significance 
is what saves us. The wrath of God is awaiting those that 
refuse. (I Pet. 3:21; John 3:36) —Kenneth Martin 



YOUTH PAGE: TRIED IN THE FIRE 
Daniel 3 
Three Hebrew men stood in the midst of the crowd 
In the heat of the Babylon sun, 
While others bent low to an idol of gold 
When the first strains of music'd begun. 

Their conscience denied them to follow the rules; 
To obey heathen kings, they could not, 
For they'd long ago chosen the One they would serve- 
God of youth they hadn't forgot. 

Then the king in his rage made loud the command 
That the furnace be heated still more, 
And three men were bound and thrown into the fire 
But the king saw not three men, but four! 

And 'tis still true today when the music is played- 
If you're hearing a whole different song, 
You'll not bow the knee to the idols of men; 
To compromise conscience is wrong. 

And the fire will get hot whenever you stand 
For the things that you know to be right, 
But all that will burn is the bindings of men, 
To be free is a beautiful sight! 

For the Lord surely walks by your side in the fire 
His blessed assurance to give, 
And when you stand true-even though you could die, 
You'll have Jesus for whom you can live! 

-Gloria Wilde 



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CHILDREN'S PAGE 
PRETTY SWEATER or PRETTY HEART? 

"Mama, look at that pretty, pink sweater!' 1 Elaine tugged at 
Mama's hand and pointed to the store window they were 
passing. Mama glanced at the sweater, but did not slow down 
for a second look. "Mama, I want a sweater like that one, with 
lots of shiny jewels on it," Elaine begged. "I'd look so pretty 
wearing it!" 

Mama looked at her young daughter soberly as they walked 
on toward the hardware store. Quietly she said, "Elaine dear, 
it's not what you wear that makes you beautiful, but what is in 
your heart. Thinking and doing nice things puts a pleasant 
expression on your face. That is true beauty." 

Driving home, Mama brought up the subject again. "Elaine, 
do you want to see how many jewels you can put into your 
heart?" 

"Oh, yes, Mama. But how can I put jewels into my heart?" 
queried Elaine. 

"It's quite easy to put God's kind of jewels into your heart, 
but you will probably have to think about it and make an effort. 
Each little kind thing you do will add a jewel to your heart in 
Daddy's and Mama's eyes. And it will please God, too. Do you 
think you can find any jewels to put in yet tonight?" Mama 
smiled at Elaine. 

Soberly, Elaine stared out of the front window, thinking 
hard. Suddenly, she said, "Would it be a jewel in my heart if I 
helped carry these sacks into the house?" 

"It cert ahily would," Mama answered. 

-Linda Frick 
Gettysburg, Ohio 



COMMUNION MEETING NOTICES 

We the members of the Eastern District of the Old Brethren 
have appointed October 4 and 5, the Lord willing, for our 
Lovefeast at our meeting house near Wakarusa, Indiana, and 
November I and 2, for our Lovefeast in the meeting house near 
Bradford, Ohio. We extend a hearty welcome to all our 
members and friends to attend these meetings. 

— Melvin Coning 

We the members of the Old Brethren Church in California, 
have agreed to hold our Fall Lovefeast, the Lord willing, at 
Salida on October 18 and 19. We sincerely welcome all to 
come and be with us at this time of communion and revival. 

—Joseph L. Cover 



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VOL. 44 QCT QB E R- NQYE MBER . 1997 No , 1 & 11 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from 
fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." I Peter 2: 1 1 

THANKSGIVING 

Lord, to Thee in solemn lays 
Our songs of gratitude arise; 
Accept our grateful heartfelt praise, 
Our prayer and humble sacrifice. 

Thy gracious kindly loving care 
We see on every hand abounds; 
Thy blessings all Thy creatures share, 
And all their daily path surrounds. 

Oh can thanksgiving's joyful song 
This gracious good of Thine repay, 
Thy mercy that has waited long, 
Thy strict account to us delay? 

We thank Thee for Thy Word of power 
That all Thy promises reveal 
To help us in each trying hour 
And slothful hearts and lips unseal. 

We thank Thee for salvation free 
To all who will to Thee confess; 
We yield our hearts and lives to Thee, 
Thy saving power and righteousness. 

We long to see our coming King 
And dwell with Thee forevermore; 
We now to Thee thanksgiving bring, 
Henceforth to honor and adore. 
-J.I. Cover 



THE PILGRIM is a religious ruagaziue published in the interests of the members of the Old 
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A THANKFUL HEART 

Oh, give us all a thankful heart; 
Help us from evil to depart; 
Our daily meat, Lord, let it be 
Thy will to do and follow Thee. 

The table hymn is sung and the father expresses thanks for 
the bountifid meal. It is Thanksgiving Day in one of the many 
Brethren homes. The family has gathered. Children are excited 
at the thought of good things to eat and playing together after 
the meal. The sisters have spent hours preparing delicious food 
—pies, vegetables, cranberry sauce, and the turkey, rich with 
brown gravy. You know the setting. 

Our nation annually proclaims a day of thanksgiving. It is 
observed by all-even unbelievers. We appreciate this tradition 
which dates back to the Pilgrims in Massachusetts and calls 
attention to the source of our blessings— our provident God. 

But the proclamation, the tradition, the gatherings, and 
feasts will not generate in us thankful hearts. Our verse says, 
"Give us all a thankful heart, 11 and I doubt that it can come from 
any place but from God. 

A thankful heart is a converted heart. The carnal man is not 
thankful. Along with the abominations of the worldly, listed in 
Romans 1, is the statement in verse 21: "...when they knew 
God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful ..." 
The unconverted heart is an unthankful heart. 

A thankful heart is an humble, yielded heart. It is pliable 
and recognizes each favor. A humble heart confesses its needs 
and weaknesses, and is thankful for help. A proud heart does 
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A thankful heart is a loving heart. It reaches out and gives 
and believes that it receives more than it deserves. Charity 
"seeketh not her own." "Love cures people—both the ones who 
give it and the ones who receive it. 11 

I have been reading about Absalom— David's son. His name 
means "father of peace" or "friendly." I suppose he was 
friendly. In fact, he stole the hearts of the people by his 
friendliness. But he was certainly not a father of peace. How 
would we describe him? Proud? Handsome? Influential? He 
was all these and more: crafty and treacherous. We must 
realize that God punished David for his sins by his son's rising 
up against him. The disgrace of David by Absalom was a direct 
result of David's taking Uriah's wife and his life. 

But even though Absalom would have assassinated his 
father, David mourned for Absalom when he was slain and the 
rebellion put down. 

What has this to do with thanksgiving? Psalm 3 is David's 
prayer of appreciation for God's protection at this very time. 
David would have given his life for his son, but this was not 
possible. In order to be delivered, David was going to have to 
suffer. Though God forgave his sins and rescued him, because 
of his sins there were sad results that had to follow. 

Is it somewhat this way with us? God, through the sacrifice 
of His Son, has forgiven our sins. This allows us to be justified 
before Him and to be His children -born into His family. But 
when we violate His laws there are consequences that follow, 
and we can only be thankful that God is in control and that we 
are His children. 

Thankful hearts are the result of seeing this hand of God in 
our lives both in mercy and in chastening. We see in Paul a 
thankful heart. His essay on thanksgiving, at the end of II Cor. 
9 closes with verse 15: "Thanks be unto God for his 
unspeakable gift." He could say this in spite of the trials he 
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concerning Paul: "I will show Mm how great things he must 
suffer for my name's sake." He lists Ms persecutions in II Cor. 
1 1, though he is careful to explain that "I speak foolisMy." He 
told of Ms experiences in Ms own defense, for some were taking 
advantage of these simple, sincere Christians, discounting Paul 
and leading them away from the simple Gospel of Christ. The 
sufferings were Paul's credentials. He tells us in I Thess. 5:18, 
"In every thing give thanks: for tMs is the will of God in Christ 
Jesus concerning you." 

We can thank God for His chastening because it shows that 
He deals with us as a father deals with his son. We are to take 
it patiently when God chastens us for our faults. 

I know I have been at times too hasty in speaking things I 
didn't know all about. I have been critical of others. I have 
neglected to consult others when 1 should. These things we 
suffer for. How thankful we can be that we have a merciful 
Saviour! 

Thankful hearts can just bow in submission to this all-wise 
Heavenly Father, knowing that His way is best. "Oh, give us all 
a thankful heart!" --L.C. 



THANKSGIVING DAY 
OVER ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO 

(TMs article was first published in the Youth's Visitor dated 
November 26, 1939, in Nappanee, Indiana, nearly sixty years 
ago.-L.C.) 

The world has changed more in the last one hundred years 
than in all those that have gone before. 

To get some idea of the wonderftd changes that have taken 
place, let us go back to Thanksgiving Day in 1813 and note 
how many, many great things our great grand-parents did not 
have wMch we have today. It will not only astonish us, but it 
will also make us realize how much we have to be thankful for. 



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In the first place, there was no Thanksgiving Day in 1813 
except in New England. It was only a little over forty years ago 
that people all over the United States began to celebrate that 
day. Before that, if one did not live in Boston, or very close to 
it, he probably would never have eaten a Thanksgiving dinner. 
But even those who were fortunate enough to live in New 
England did not have anything like the variety of good things 
that we have today. Of course, they had turkey and pumpkin 
pie and onions and cranberry sauce and potatoes; but they did 
not have tomatoes or corn or peas or string beans or beets or 
asparagus or any of the other canned vegetables that we are 
used to eating during the winter months. There were no canned 
goods of any kind. There were no tin cans. Neither were there 
any cars to bring fresh fruits and vegetables— like strawberries 
and tomatoes and lettuce—from the south and from California. 
In fact there were no such places in the United States as Florida 
and Texas and California. They were all of them waste places 
or foreign lands. They belonged to England and Spain and 
France and Mexico. 

Oranges, bananas, pineapples, grapefruit, olives, Malaga 
grapes, and other tropical fruits, which are so familiar to all of 
us, were never seen in the markets of 1813. Boys and girls of 
that day only heard about them from travelers or read about 
them in books. 

Dinners were cooked in fire places. There were no ranges. 
There were no gas stoves; no oil stoves; no coal stoves; no 
cook stoves of any kind. Housewives had no baking powder, 
no yeast cakes, no self-rising flour, no granulated sugar, no 
flavoring extracts, no ground spices, no cocoa, no potted meats, 
no catsup, no prepared breakfast foods, no soda crackers, no 
macaroni. All the coffee had to be roasted and ground at home. 
Housekeepers then had very few of the conveniences that they 
have today. They had no running water in the house or 
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or wire clothesline. Neither had they refrigerators or ice cream 
freezers or egg beaters or waffle irons or meat grinders or 
carpet sweepers or ammonia or borax or gasoline or mothballs 
or fly paper or fly screens. And they had no matches, and they 
had no electric light or gas light, and kerosene. 

But we must remember that in 1813 our great-grandparents 
were perfectly satisfied and contented without any of these 
things. They thought themselves very well off with what they 
had, and those who observed Tlianksgiving Day made it a 
special point to offer earnest thanks to Providence for their 
many blessings. 

Surely, therefore, if they could find cause for thanksgiving, 
how much more thankful we ought to be in the midst to all the 
blessings of the age in which we live. 



COUNTING THE COST 



Free redemption: is it really? No! It cost the death of the 
most precious One who ever came to earth, God's only 
begotten Son. If we could more fully realize the terrible price 
that was paid, it would cause us to hate and fear sin more. 
What will you do with Jesus? Will you kill Him afresh, put Him 
to an open shame? God forbid! 

It is interesting to see the response of Job (who God said 
was a perfect man) when he saw the Lord: "I have heard of 
thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. 
Wherefore I abhor myself and repent in dust and ashes." (Job 
42:5-6.) Isaiah also saw the Lord, "...sitting upon a throne, 
high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple..." And he 
responded, "Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man 
of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean 
lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts." (Isa. 
6:1,5) 



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Man tends to excuse himself by looking at others' failings. 
We compare other church circles to our church, and other 
people's lives to our lives. But God's Word says this is not 
wise. We excuse sin by saying we can't be perfect, but God 
knows our hearts. Do you believe God can make you holy, not 
only in His sight, but in the sight of the world? If you don't 
believe this, then you can't be a Christian. Tm not talking fleshly 
perfection, but that which is in the new man, which after God is 
created in righteousness and true holiness. (Eph. 4:24) But you 
say, "I can't help myself; I'm just full of sin." But where is your 
faith? The old man is evil from his youth. But when we are 
born again by God's Spirit, the new nature desires only to love 
and please God. It cannot sin; it only desires that all would 
come to God. So if you feel tempted to evil, when sinful 
desires bombard you, the desire to yield is not from the new 
nature, for it cannot sin. It's from the old man, and it can't be 
transformed; it must die. Don't try to transform the old man. 
Put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the 
flesh to fulfill the lusts thereof. 

Oh, if we could only get a glimpse of God and the Lamb in 
all their glory, we would say with Job, "I abhor myself." We 
would say with Isaiah, "Woe is me." And we would say with 
Paul, "Lord, what would thou have me to do?" And we would 
never again be satisfied with the flimsy arguments of the old 
man, to justify and excuse himself in sin. 

What will you do with your life? Jesus is coming very soon. 
Will you follow the flesh, and this evil world, knowing this leads 
to eternal death? Or will you count the cost, deny yourself, and 
follow Jesus even until death? To whom much is given, will 
much be required. O the glory that awaits the overcomer of the 
flesh, the world, and the devil! But O the agony that awaits the 
lukewarm and flesh-pleasing soul who lives for the here and 
now. No one will ever regret following Jesus a thousand years 
from now. -Kevin Garber, Twain Harte, California 



JEHE PILGRIM. 



PRINCIPLES OF FAMILY LIFE 

A good companion is next to salvation. 

If you expect the best, you must be the best. 

Children pattern after their parents. 

Children should feel welcome in the home; they should feel 
wanted. 

We need to keep their confidence; you should not be partial 
(love one more than the other.) 

Get advice from older people. 

Children should know that the parents stand together. 

A child's will should be broken (before he is old enough to 
remember it.) 

Proverbs 22:6: "Train up a child in the way he should go: 
and when he is old, he will not depart from it." 

The way you use your mother and father is the way your 
children will use you. 

Don't leave your child to the guidance of his own will. He 
doesn't know what's good for him. 

Provide the right kind of literature. Some have more 
invested in library books than a car. 

Some children are punished just enough to make them mad. 
Don't be rude to your children. 

It takes a lot of patience. 

Don't threaten the children all the time. 

Their minds are like narrow necked bottles: a little at a 
time. 

Your child comes first in your responsibility. 

If one had the wealth of the world, you couldn't buy one 
child back from eternity. 

If you take your own course you will not have the blessing 
of God and will go to the lake of fire. 

Train your children to respect the Bible. You can't grow 
spiritually if you don't read the Bible. 



THK, PILGRIM 



Tell them about sm; the result is death. Tell them of a way 
out by salvation. 

God is no respecter of persons. God didn't die for one 
denomination. 

Tell them that Christ is coming. 

Train your children to the habit of prayer. Parents, don't do 
all the praying. Ask the children to pray. 

When children ask something, don't scold them; give it to 
them if it is good for them. 

Always go to the church service. Be in church early and on 
time. 

When you promise children something, give it to them. 

Don't permit the use of slang words. 

Don't allow disobedience. 

Have them redeem the time. 

These principles were suggested some years ago 
by Brother Herman Royer 



NO SHADOW OF TURNING 



Turn not around to look back where you came. 
The Lord is not there so there's nothing to gain. 
The penitent heart is forgiven and free, 
So look not to what our God no longer sees. 
Press forward, look onward, dear servant of God, 
He calls you to follow in steps He has trod. 
The Master, He loves you, you're His child by His choice. 
The tempter's behind you, don't follow his voice. 
Yesterday's dead, tomorrow's waiting to be. 
But today's all that's given to you and to me. 
So let's move ahead, with a straight, steady gait! 
There's work to be done and God's blessings await! 
-Gail Storkel 



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THE JOY OF THANKSGIVING 

It was a cold November morn, 
Thanksgiving Day was drawing near, 
That season when the loving hearts 
Come home to share its love and cheer, 
I wondered if these people knew 
The God to whom their praise was due— 
With this in mind I sauntered out, 
To watch them as I strolled about. 

I visited an old, old man 
With long white beard and bowed form, 
And asked him if he thanked his God 
For sheltering him through life's long storm. 
From off the mantle piece he took 
With trembling hands the Sacred Book, 
And, answering said, with reverence true, 
"My Saviour knows how much I do!" 

I strolled a little farther and 
I met a young girl, pure and sweet, 
And asked her why she carried in 
Her arms a child from off the street. 
She looked at me and smiled and said: 
"The baby's mama dear, is dead,— 
For Jesus' sake I take it home, 
And share with it my pretty room!" 

Again 1 questioned of a friend 
Who worked behind an office desk, 
And daily labored, sending forth 
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A wondrous love beamed in her eye, 
I needed not to ask her why, 
Close by her side a motto read: 
"For Jesus 1 sake" was all it said. 

And now I know that in the hearts 
Of Christian people everywhere 
'Mid rich and poor, 'mid high and low, 
Among the old, the young, the fair, 
There dwells a love for God and man 
A purpose to do all they can 
To lift the burdens, cheer the heart, 
And true "Thanksgiving" joy impart. 
—Author unknown 

BAPTISM 
Lena Wemken was baptized on September 27 in the 
California congregation. May she be faithful and grow in grace. 



MARRIAGES 
MARTIN - HUFFMAN Andrew Martin and Maria Huffinan 
were married September 27, at Bradford, Ohio. Their address is: 
24951 C.R. 40 Goshen, IN 46526 (219) 862-2544 

ROYER -- CONING Stephen Royer and Rhoda Coning were 
married October 11, at Wakarusa, Indiana, Their address is 
28361 C.R. 44 Rte 3 Nappanee, IN 46550 (219) 862-1175 



ADRESS CHANGES 



Herman Royer Michael Harris 

28772 C.R. 44 24820 C.R. 142 

Nappanee, IN 46550 Goshen, IN 46526 

(219) 862-4142 (219) 831-3715 



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SEARCfflNG THE SCRIPTURES: 
THE GUARANTEE 



When we purchase a product with a guarantee, we receive 
an owner's manual declaring on what condition this product will 
prove the claims of its maker. Outside of these instructions the 
product will not perform to its specifications and the guarantee 
becomes invalid. 

Man, losing his fellowship with God, was without hope in 
the world and totally helpless to change his lot, 

God's great love and mercy for man has provided a way 
with a guarantee that we can be delivered from our helplessness 
and bondage in sin and eternal death. 

The owner's manual that comes with this informs man of his 
obligation in it; a personal faith and trust in this promise is an 
unconditional requirement. This faith will then empower us to 
forsake all we have and are, We are to prove this in humble 
service to our fellowmen-to the extent of giving all we have- 
even our physical life if need be. 

Since this provision was made, man is no longer condemned 
for his inherited sin nature. What does condemn him is 
rejection of the provision made for his deliverance. 

The proof and validity of being delivered is in fruit bearing 
that brings honor and glory to His name. Our physical body is 
involved in this-laboring with our hands so that we provide for 
ourselves and can share with those that aren f t able to do this. 

If we fail this proo£ the guarantee becomes invalid and we'll 
become fuel for eternal flames of hell. (John 15:6, II 
Thessalonians 1: 6-9) 

The natural laws in fruit bearing prove the spiritual 
requirements of the same. Natural fruit bearing is a corporate 
display of unity and beauty. It grows in clusters, on vines, 
branches, etc. If you see one fruit you will usually see another 
close by. 



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The corporate display of fruit bearing is a requirement in the 
owner's manual. By this shall all men see the beauty and power 
of the promised guarantee of salvation and deliverance from sin 
and eternal death. "That they all may be one; as thou, Father, 
art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us; that the 
world may believe that thou hast sent me." (John 17:21) 

There are three virtues necessary to experience this 
deliverance-faith, hope, and love. It takes faith to believe it, 
hope prompts us to action, and love inspires us to attain it. 

"Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift." 

-Kenneth Martin 



CONTENTMENT 

Content, oh Lord, help me to be 
With what I have each day; 
And never envy those I see 
Who are more blest today. 

Oh, help me Lord! to realize 
That what You give is best; 
And ne'er to covet with my eyes, 
But quietly meet the test. 

That 1 may thankful be, to You, 
For all You do for me. 
You all my needs supply; and do 
From all my sins set free. 

Much more You &ve, than e'er I earn. 
How thankful I should be! 
With love to you, my heart should burn; 
From envy, I should flee. 

Content, oh Lord, help me to live. 
Sufficient is your love. 
Enough, and more, You daily give, 
And promise life above. -James Beery 



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CHILDREN'S PAGE 
MORE JEWELS FOR THE HEART 

"Grandma's coming, Grandma's coming, 11 sang Adam as he 
lined his farm machinery up against the living room wall. Tm 
glad Grandma's coming!" 

Mama, in the kitchen, smiled to herself as she listened to 
Adam singing. Suddenly, her smile became a frown as Adam's 
tune changed to an angry voice. "No, Teddy! Go away! 
Mama, Teddy messed up all my machinery! " 

As Mama reluctantly dried her hands, she heard a sweet 
voice say, "Come with Sissy, Teddy. We'll go swing awhile. 
Okay?" With effort Elaine scooped Teddy up and carried him 
to the porch swing. Adam returned to playing happily, and 
Mother knew there was a new jewel in Elaine's heart. 

After awhile, Elaine lugged the sleeping Teddy into the 
house. Mama gently took him and smiled at Elaine. "Thank 
you, Elaine. You have another jewel in your heart! Daddy's 
been working in the garden all afternoon. He'd probably 
appreciate a glass of iced tea." 

Quickly Elaine got a large glass, put ice cubes into it, and 
poured tea from the pitcher in the refrigerator. Carrying it 
carefully, she headed for the garden and Daddy. At the sight of 
her, Daddy's eyes ht up and a smile spread across his sweaty 
face. "Thank you, Elaine! You are such a pretty picture, 
bringing your hot, thirsty Daddy a drink of iced tea! I do 
believe you've put another jewel in your heart!" 

Elaine's eyes shone with happiness, making them look like 
jewels, too. 

—Linda Frick 
Gettysburg, Ohio 



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FOR YOUTH: WHAT IS YOUR DESTINATION? 

Do you know where you will spend eternity? I work with a 
man who says he wants to go to heaven. But quoting him, 
"Wherever I go, there's going to be a lot of my friends there, 
too. 11 What good are friends without heaven? There's a song 
that says, "Everybody's doing it so why can't I, but if you go 
ahead and do it is it gonna satisfy? They might be getting by 
with the things they do, but if they go to hell, do you want to 
go, too?" 

John 3:16 says, "For God so loved the world, that He gave 
His only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should 
not perish, but have everlasting life." The Bible says all have 
sinned, but when Jesus died on the cross nearly 2,000 years 
ago, our sins were washed away. This doesn't give us the 
liberty to do anything we please, though. Hebrews 10:26 says, 
"For if we sin willftilly after that we have received the 
knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for 
sins." James 2:24 says, "Ye see then how that by works a man 
is justified, and not by faith only." Then down in the 26th verse, 
"For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without 
works is dead also." 

This man I work with asked me the other day if he could get 
to heaven without going to church. I told him that was not 
mine to judge, but if we love God we'll want to go to His house 
to worship Him, He said that he loves God and he believes that 
he is a sinner and that Jesus died for his sins. But then he said, 
"I am not a God fearing man. How can you fear someone you 
love?" You know, it's kind of like little children. They love 
their Mommy and Daddy, yet they fear the consequences when 
they do wrong. Even so, when we love God who is our 
heavenly Father, we also fear His wrath. Ecc. 12:13 says, 
"...Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the 
whole duty of man." So if we don't fear Him we are not 



keeping His commandments, and what happens when we don't 
keep His commandments? Psalm 111:10 says, "The fear of the 
Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have 
all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for 
ever." If we love Him and believe in His Son, wont we want to 
do His commandments? And if we keep His commandments 
what is our reward? Romans 6:23 says, "For the wages of sin is 
death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our 
Lord." Is that the reward we want or would we rather spend 
eternity wherever our fiiends are? 

"...Choose you this day whom you will serve: ...but as for 
me and my house, we will serve the Lord." (Josh, 24: 15) 

-Emily Brubaker 
Nappanee, IN 






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VOL. 44 D E CE M BE R , 1 997 No. 12 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from 
fleshly lusts, which war against the soul " I Peter 2: 1 1 



AS WITH GLADNESS MEN OF OLD 



As with gladness men of old 
Did the guiding star behold; 
As with joy they hailed its light, 
Leading onward, beaming bright; 
So, most gracious Lord, may we 
Evermore be led to Thee. 

As with joyful steps they sped 
To that lowly manger-bed 
There to bend the knee before 
Him Whom heaven and earth adore; 
So may we with willing feet 
Ever seek Thy mercy seat. 

As they offered gifts most rare, 
At that manger rude and bare, 
So may we with holy joy, 
Pure and free from sin's alloy, 
All our costliest treasures bring, 
Christ, to Thee, our heavenly King. 

Holy Jesus, every day 
Keep us in the narrow way; 
And, when earthly things are past, 
Bring our ransomed souls at last, 
Where they need no star to guide, 
Where no clouds Thy glory hide. 

-William Chatterton Dix 



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LOWLY BABY; REIGNING SAVIOR 

A spasm of the tiny body, a quick gasp of breath, a thin 
cry,- - a new baby is born. Mother finally relaxes, with palms 
and forehead damp with perspiration. Dad's worried frown 
changes to a broad smile. Activity reaches a high in the delivery 
room and gradually diminishes as the nurses, the attendants, and 
the doctor finish their routines and put things in order again. 
Each child and adult (except Adam and Eve) were given life in 
this manner, though most had no advantage of the sterile 
delivery room. Large or small, tough or tender, kings and 
beggars all began as tiny infants. 

Lowly? Yes, babies are as helpless at birth as any of God's 
creatures. Jesus' coming as a baby in the manger makes a 
touching story. What is so dear, so dependent as a newborn? 
Yet this was such a step down for our Savior. John 6:38: 
"...For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will but 
the will of him that sent me." 

Down is a direction we shun. To go down financially has 
driven some men to drink or to self destruction. As we grow 
older we go down in health, and the prospect is not pleasant. 
However, this need not be discouraging if we are in Christ 
because Paul writes in II Cor. 4:16: "... though our outward 
man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day." The 
going down is tempered by the promise of renewal. 

Jesus came down, and surely the prospect of this 
debasement was repulsive to Him. "For he hath made him to be 
sin for us..." (II Cor. 5:21) "Cursed is every one that hangeth 
on a tree," (Gal 3:13) But Jesus, too, had the prospect of 
victory beyond the manger and the cross. Hebrews 12:2: 
"...who for the joy 



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that was set before Mm endured the cross, despising the shame, 
and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. 11 

Jesus came down to the manger. It usually makes headlines 
if a president or a king makes a tour of a slum area. He is 
pictured with the poor to show his willingness to help them. 
President Clinton visited a disaster area in Arkansas where he 
shook hands in commendation to our Brother Arnold Bowser 
assisting in the cleanup there. He recently jumped off his golf 
cart to shake hands with some young German Baptist farmers. 

We sing about good King Wenceslaus who walked out into 
the cold, saw a poor man gathering wood, and took him in to 
dine and get warm. 

We read accounts of men and women going to live and 
minister in the inner cities, or in the jungles, carrying the Gospel 
and bringing physical relief. We thank God and we are inspired 
by these examples of sacrifice. But they are insignificant beside 
the condescension of the Savior from the splendor of the "ivory 
palaces" to the lowly manger and cruel cross. 

Jesus came down when He spent His thirty-three years 
among the peasants of Judea, Samaria, and Galilee. He said, 
"Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son 
of man hath not where to lay his head." (Luke 9:58) He 
evidently spent tine working in Josephs carpenter shop and 
associating with fisherman. He ministered to publicans and 
sinners. See the joy of Zacchaeus as he slid down the tree to 
welcome a noble Jew who would speak to him like he was a 
person instead of the off-scouring of the traitors to Israel. 

Jesus came down when He left Jerusalem to visit the 
seacoast towns of Tyre and Sidon in Phoenicia. There He 
encountered a Gentile woman who pled for Him to heal her 
daughter. In dealing with her rather reservedly at first, He 
brought out one of the greatest expressions of faith: "Truth, 
Lord; yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fell from the 
master's table. " She was willing to admit her low place to have 



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the blessing she knew the Savior could supply. So should we. 
"O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt." 
Jesus was taken down from the cross, and laid in a tomb. 
From there He rose to a victory that encompasses all who will 
also come down to the foot of the cross and be covered there 
by the soul-cleansing blood of Jesus. Jesus went from the 
manger to the tomb and from there back to splendor and glory. 
Our journey too is from the cradle to the grave. But we do not 
end there either. "It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with 
him, we shall also live with him: If we suffer, we shall also 
reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us." (II Tim. 
2:11,12) May we be willing to humble ourselves under the 
mighty hand of God (as Jesus did), that He may exalt us in due 
time. 

A manger so lowly, a cradle so holy, 
Became the birthplace of our Savior divine. 
He humbled Himself and claimed no reputation 
To be the Redeemer, your Savior and mine. 

He lived among men, yes the poorest of them; 
Laid hands on the lepers and healed all who came. 
He had no real home to call even His own 
Though Jesus, His name, is above every name. 

Down to the manger and down to the cross 
He came to the poor, to the wretched and blind; 
But back to the splendors and back to His home 
And back to the Father, all glory to find. 

Bow at the feet of this Savior divine; 
Bow at the foot of the cross where He died; 
Humble yourselves 'neath the hand of our God; 
Claim the rich blessings from Christ crucified. -L.C. 



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THE WAY OF PEACE 

In the Rathaus in Munster, Germany, there are heavily 
carved cabinet doors in the Hall of Peace where the "Peace of 
Westphalia" was signed in 1648 to end the Thirty Years 1 War 
that had dreadfully devastated Europe. Perhaps one of the 
doors calls our attention above the rest. It is the door with a 
carving of two men with swords fighting one another. What 
makes this especially unique, however, is that neither of the men 
have heads. In their fighting they have beheaded each other, 
and now with heads dangling between them, they fight a futile 
battle. 

The futility of war is dramatically portrayed here in pictorial 
language. Man is showing, from a human standpoint, a reality 
Christ and the beloved apostles so earnestly taught. The apostle 
Paul said it very eloquently: "But if ye bite and devour one 
another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another." 
(Gal. 5:15) He has just exhorted to neighborly love, and right 
after this he teaches "us to walk in the Spirit and forsake fleshly 
lusts. The Apostle James also says this warring is fleshly. 
Language could not be clearer! And yet so many give Up 
service to Christ and the apostles-but, alas! how few heed 
their teachings! For human as we are, we continue on as the 
two men in the carving that are devouring one another—nation 
with nation, family with family, brethren with brethren. 

But contrast the carnality of division condemned in I Cor. 
3:3 with verse 9 of the same chapter: "For we are laborers 
together with God: ye are God's building." We want to be a 
people God tends, a habitation and house for God as we are so 
gloriously taught. But, we must realize that the teachings on 
peace, nonviolence, defenselessness, and love so permeated the 
life of Christ and the apostles that it could almost be said that 
this is the sum of Christianity: peace with God, peace with our 
Fellowman. 



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Our "vertical" relationship (with God) is only as good as our 
"horizontal" relationship (with His people). We realize this is 
with qualifications, of course. The apostle John repeats this in 
his epistles. In fact, those who continually stir up strife and 
have not submissive attitudes are to be avoided socially (Tit. 
3:9-11) These are ones whose attitude is one of selfish pride. 
Grace is only given to the humble (James 4:6). This is very 
sobering for us to even think about. 

Those of us who have been baptized among the Brethren 
(and other Anabaptist groups) have said we believe in the way 
of Christ and His peace, and have promised lifelong faithfulness 
to it— for we have said we believe this is the gospel of Christ. 
This means it is a serious and grave matter for those who 
seemingly just cannot find themselves in unity with the Body of 
Christ in a local, visible, and collective setting. They are 
breaking some serious vows— more serious than any other— for 
these affect our relationship with God. 

This way of peace, or nonresistance as it is sometimes 
called, not only means avoidance of national war, strife, 
patriotism, propaganda, and racism; it also means working for 
peace and unity in our local brotherhoods, with fervent hearts. 
We must realize Christ has broken down the walls (Eph. 2:13- 
15) of all barriers whatsoever, so that He might reconcile 
peoples to one hope, one faith, one body— the Church or Body 
of Christ. It is imperative for those who have thus been born 
anew to "love one another with a pure heart fervently." (I 
Pet. 1 :22) This means as though a fire burns in our hearts. It is 
to be without hypocrisy, genuine and pure. This is the fruit of 
the Spirit from above and includes peacemaking, or helping 
others learn peacefiilness. 

We do not want to be like the two men in the carved relief 
in Munster—foolish and senseless, tearing one another up. This 
hurts souls, kills life, and tears all joy into shreds, leaving in its 
place emptiness, hollowness, and misery. We want war 



PILGRIM INDEX - 
ARTICLES 



1997 



An Experience To Remember -Kevin Garber Jul 

A Thankful Heart -L.C. Oct/Nov 

Counting The Cost -Kevin Garber Oct/Nov 

Erosion -William Johnson Apr May 

Far Reaching Death Of Jesus -L.C. Mar 

Flood -L.C. Feb 

Fruit -L.C. Aug 

God's Methods -James Beery Feb 

God Works In Us -selected Sep 

Gracious Invitation -Ken Johnson Jun 

Have You Died Yet? -David Royer Jul 

Heard Afar Off -L.C. Jun 

Her Special Ministry -Martha Wagner Jan 

Holy Spirit Gentle Power -L.C. *May 

Lowly Baby; Reigning Savior -L.C. Dec 

Marriage Is No Game -selected by Susanna Tate Feb Mar 

Mother -L.C. May 

New Year Prospect -L.C. Jan 

Noah The Builder -Ron Cable Mar 

Principles Of Family Life -selected by Herman Royer Oct/Nov 

Prudence Or Punishment? -James Beery Jun 

Self And Effective Service -selected by David Royer Feb 

Sewer On Tap? -Neil Martin Jan 
Teaching And Admonishing ... In Singing -Michael Harris Aug 

Temptation -L.C. Sep 
Thanksgiving Day Over One Hundred Years Ago -selected Oct/Nov 

The Kingdom -Michael Harris Apr 

The Puzzle -L.C. Jul 

The South Wind Is Blowing -Ron Cable Jun 

The Valuable Paper -selected May 

The Way Of Peace -Michael Harris Dec 

Up And Down -L.C. Apr 

What Do You Write? -selected. Aug 
What Is God Doing In My Life? -selected by Tom Anderson Jul 



I have noticed this, 

that when a man is full of the Holy Ghost, 

he is the very last man to be complaining of other people. 

-D.L. Moody 



POEMS 



Abounding Grace -L.C, Apr 

A Manger So Lowly -L.C. Dec 

Are All The Children In? -selected Jul 

Are We Building? -Ron Cable Mar 

Art Thou Weary; Art Thou Languid? -selected Mar 

As With Gladness Men Of Old -selected Dec 

Blind Sighted -Gail Storkel Aug 

Come, O Come, Thou Holy Spirit -selected May 

Contentment -James Beery Oct/Nov 

Farewell, Old Year -selected Jan 

From Time To Time -James Beery Feb 

Godly Obedience = Happiness -James Beery Sep 

God's Plan, Our Place -L.C. Jul 

God's Prism -James Beery Jul 

God's Remedy -Darrell Martin Aug 

Have You Heard The Thunder? -L.C. Mar 

Heart Gratitude -selected Sep 

Here Am I -Gail Storkel May 

How You Act -L.C. Apr 

I Am -selected by Sharon See Jan 

If We Only Understood -Betty Beery Jun 

Leave It all In Jesus' Hand -selected Apr 

Look Ahead -L.C. Jan 

No Shadow Of Turning -Gail Storkel Oct/Nov 

Now And Then -selected Feb 

Repent And Be Baptized -Gail Storkel Mar 
Sometimes A Light Surprises -selected by Rosanna Royer Jan 

So Send I You -selected Aug 

Spirit So Holy -selected by David Royer Jul 

Thanksgiving -J.I. Cover Oct/Nov 

The Coming Day -selected Sep 

The Contrast -James Beery Aug 

The Free Gift -Jennifer Crowley Jan 

The Joy Of Thanksgiving -selected Oct/Nov 

The Lord Will Provide -selected by Sharon See Sep 

The Love Of Money -selected by Norman Cable Mar 

The Mingled Cry -L.C. Jun 

The Will Of God -selected Jun 

We Would Be Building -selected by Michael Harris Aug 

Wonders From God -James Beery Apr 



SEARCHING THE SCRIPTURES 



by Kenneth Martin 



Time 

The Right Storekeeper 

Fear Or No Fear 

One Most Important Death 

Holy Spirit Power 

God's Grace 

Truth Versus Deception 

Safe Keeping 

Baptism 

The Guarantee 

Jesus Is Lord 



Jan 

Feb 

Mar 

Apr 

May 

Jun 

Jul 

Aug 

Sep 

Oct/Nov 

Dec 



YOUTH PAGE 

Are You A Lighthouse? -Betty Beery , Jan 

Worry Warts -Marlene Hilty Feb 

A Letter Paraphrase Of Jesus' Love -Emily Brubaker Mar 
What's Inside? -L/C, ■ Apr 

The Christian Mind -Sarah Cover May 

Words Of The Psalms -selected Jun 

Mountain Climbing -selected Jul 

Tried In The Fire -selected Sep 

What Is Your Destination? -Emily Brubaker Oct/Nov 



CHILDREN'S PAGE 



Christ's Pattern -Everett Oyler 

A Lesson From A Blind Girl -Jean Martin 

Doors -Everett Oyler 

Hello, New Year -Jonathan Miller 

Puppies For Sale -revised by Everett Oyler 

A Mother's Love -Everett Oyler 

Look For Something Good -selected 

Suppertime With Joseph -Linda Frick 

A House That Stands -Serena Foster 

Pretty Sweater Or Pretty Heart? -Linda Frick 

More Jewels For The Heart -Linda Frick 



Jan 

Feb 

Mar 

Mar 

Apr 

May 

Jun 

Jul 

Aug 

Sep 

Oct/Nov 



BIRTHS 




Jonathan Lavern Cable 


Jan 10 


Amber Noel Oberholzer 


Jan 28 


(Benjamin) Levi Cover 


Feb 12 


Justin Loyd Cable 


Feb 28 


Marvin Earl Stalter 


Feb 14 


Jaron Lee Cable 


Mar 20 


Allen James Beery 


Apr 14 


Edward Daniel Cover 


Apr 14 


Daria Joy Martin 


Apr 25 


Christina Hope Beery 


May 21 


Amanda Jean Wagner 


Jun 4 


Kirt Clifton Martin 


Jul 18 


Sylvia Jean Royer 


Aug 26 


Ashly Renee Cover 


Nov 19 


Daniel Seth Hoover 


Nov 22 


Andrew LeRoy Cover 


Nov 28 


Barak Thad Martin 


Dec 3 


BAPTISMS 




Victor, Gail, and Crystal Storkel 


Feb 23 


Rachel Flora 


Apr 6 


Christopher Taylor 


Apr 20 


Eugene and Bogdona Dutkevich 


Jun 15 


Joel Royer 


Jul 6 


Caleb Royer 


Jul 6 


John Brandt 


Jul 27 


Lisa Pletcher 


Jul 27 


Lena Wemken 


Sep 27 


MARRIAGES 




Merrill Royer and Martha Flora 


Dec 7, 


Eric Brubaker and Laura Cover 


Jul 12 


Philip Huffman and Rhoda Cover 


Jul 19 


Andrew Martin and Maria Huffman 


Sep 27 


Stephen Royer and Rhoda Coning 


Oct 11 


Glenn Wells and Sharon Frick 


Nov 29 


Derek Flora and Racine Yoder 


Nov 29 


DEATHS 




CreeleEstel Arthur Sell 


Nov 15 


William David Hitch 


Dec 5 



1996 



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eradicated from among the people of God. We want to burn as 
one fire for the glory of God— 

"Wherefore burn poor and lonely 

As one needy brand 

Torches together, hand to hand. 

He who feels deep within him 

A fire burning bright, 

Must through that glow 

With his brothers unite. 

-Otto Solomen 
Then we can in reality be the holy and true Church of God 
in Christ that was so beautifully prophesied by the prophet and 
quoted by early Christians, "And he shall judge among many 
people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat 
their swords into plowshares, and their spears into 
pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, 
neither shall they learn war anymore ...we will walk in the name 
of the LORD our God for ever and ever." (Mic. 4:3-5.) 

We pray that Christ's Spirit, as passed on through the 
apostles, may move us to renewal of that vision, moving out of 
our isolated selves to the joyful fellowship of saints. After all, 
this was the very message of the angels when they proclaimed 
the Messiah's birth: "Glory to God in the highest, on earth 
peace, goodwill toward men." If this doesn't move us, what 
will? He's the glorious Saviour, Redeemer—and Reconciler! 
It came upon a midnight clear, 
That glorious song of old, 
From angels bending near the earth 
To touch their harps of gold: 
"Peace on the earth, goodwill to men, 
From Heaven's all-gracious King!" 

Still through the cloven skies they come 
With peaceful wings unfurled, 



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And still their heavenly music floats 
O'er all the weary world;... 

Yet with the woes of sin and strife 
The world has suffered long; 
Beneath the angel-strain have rolled 
Two thousand years of wrong; 
And man, at war with man, hears not 
The love-song which they bring. 
O hush the noise, ye men of strife, 
And hear the angels sing. 

For lo, the days are hastening on, 
By prophet bards foretold, 
When with the ever-circling years 
Comes round the age of gold, 
When peace shall over all the earth 
Its ancient splendor fling, 
And the whole world give back the song 
Which now the angels sing. 

-Edmund Sears 
May we at this time rejoice in Him Who is our Peace— the 
Prince of Peace! (Isa. 9:6) Loving greetings! 

Michael Harris 

Goshen, Indiana 



ADDRESS CHANGES 
Charlotte E. Frick 623 1 Requarth Rd. 

Greenville, OH 45331 

(937)547-9077 

Darrell Martin 2707 Veneman Ave. 

Modesto, CA 95356-0629 
(209) 575-5067 



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OBITUARY 

CREELE ESTEL ARTHUR SELL, son of Arthur and 
Ressie (Liller) Sell, died at 9:27 pro. on Saturday, November 
15, at his home near Bradford, Ohio. Born October 28, 1906, 
in Preston County, West Virginia, he lived a full life of 91 years 
and 18 days. He was the oldest of four children. His sister 
Marie Lavy lives in Greenville. His brothers Theodore and 
Simon are deceased. 

On February 9, 1929, Creele married Susie Lavy, and to this 
union lasting 68 years and nine months were born eight 
children: Lee of Modesto, California; Ruby Wagner of 
Greenville; Lester (deceased); Calvin of Bradford; Martha 
Emerick of New Madison; Charles of Greenville; Edith Howell 
of Colorado Springs, Colorado; Glen of Bradford; Geri Hodge 
(foster) of Greenville; and Ed Hodge (foster) of Palatine 
Bridge, New York. 'There are 24 grandchildren, four foster 
grandchildren (one deceased), six step-grandchildren, 35 great 
grandchildren, seven step-great grandchildren, and many other 
relatives and friends. 

Creele spent most of his life as a farmer and carpenter in this 
community. He was fortunate to enjoy the work that he did. 

Funeral services were held November 19, 1997, at the Old 
Brethren Church near Bradford, Ohio. Burial was in the 
Oakland Cemetery. -The Family 



BIRTHS 

COVER -- A daughter, Ashly Renee, born November 19 to 
Sam and Lois Cover of Tuolumne, California. 

HOOVER - A son, Daniel Seth, born November 22 to 
Glen and Rachel Hoover of Goshen, Indiana. 

COVER - A son, Andrew LeRoy, bora November 28 to 
Jesse and Rachel Cover of Tuolumne, California. 

MARTIN - A son, Barak Thad, bora December 3 to Neil 
and Lois Martin of New Paris, Indiana. 



14 THE PILGRIM . 

SEARCHING THE SCRIPTURES 
JESUS IS LORD 

The last and final recorded message that God revealed to 
man came approximately sixty-five years after Christ ascended 
back into heaven. It came to the apostle John, on the Lord's 
day, while he was in exile on the Greek island of Patmos, 
because of the Word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. 

The church was growing in number and influence»and this 
was met with opposition and persecution. The revelation that 
came through John was dictated by Jesus Christ. John was the 
scribe, and it was directed specifically to the church in seven 
different locations. 

The Revelation begins with the reassurance of who Jesus 
the Christ is, and which was, and which is to come saying, "I am 
Alpha and Omega, the first and the last." "I am he that liveth 
and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and 
have the keys of hell and of death." John is told to write what 
he sees and hears. 

It is, no doubt, the most intriguing writing of all Scriptures. 
It reveals in picture language the excellence of Jesus Christ on 
His throne, the effects and influence of His physical presence, 
and how it moves them that know and see Him to worship in 
adoration, praise, glory, honor, and majesty to His most holy 
name declaring, "Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive 
power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and 
glory, and blessing." 

You are worthy to open the seals, because You were slain 
and with Your blood redeemed men for God, from every tribe 
and language and people and nation. You have made them to 
be a kingdom of priests to serve our God and they will reign on 
the earth. 

The Revelation message is clear in that the righteousness it 
calls us to can only be attained by a proper recognition of Christ 



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as Lord, and that He would be worshiped, glorified, and 
honored as the only source of salvation, and that there is no 
other name under heaven whereby men can be saved. The 
church at Ephesus, by outward appearance, had this salvation, 
but it failed the test of Chrises honor and majesty. Therefore 
the message to them was that they needed to repent of this sin, 
and acknowledge the height they had fallen from, and give the 
honor due His most holy name, as when they first believed. If 
they did not repent, their lampstand would be removed from its 
place. 

We hear reports today of great things happening. Millions 
are gathering at one location, claiming a better relationship in 
marriage and confessing their sins. The power of mass 
movements and emotionalism can only be discerned by having 
the mind of Christ. The early church, in promoting faithful 
marriage relationships, didn't fare so well. There is one account 
of a man having his head severed. (Matt. 14:10) All the claims 
being made today have been the reality and blessing of the true 
church of Christ for nearly two thousand years. The source of 
this is in a personal relationship with Christ, and one another. 

Also we discern in the power of emotionalism in mass 
movements, the monetary wealth the promoters are reaping. 
The Scriptures call our attention to this in II Pet. 2:3. 

We don't want to condemn a better life where improvements 
are made in relationships. Our concern is, does it prove the true 
test of Christ's honor and glory the church has been called to, 
with a personal bond to this, and to one another? Christ's 
message to the church at Ephesus wasn't condemning their 
good works, but because Christ wasn't given the honor and 
glory in it. 

To summarize: Christ's church, for nearly two thousand 
years has suffered rejection and martyrdom for teaching moral 
truths. Today mass movements and emotionalism are moving 
millions, making claims of a better life. 



Our question is this: If the church of Christ wasn't able to 
move us to holy living in the Spirit of Christ, will Christ move 
us through some other channel? 

Jesus said that in that day many will make big claims, but 
the answer will be, "Depart from me, I never knew you." 

-Kenneth Martin 



MARRIAGES 

WELLS -- FRICK Glenn Wells and Sharon Frick were married 
November 29, at Bradford, Ohio. 

Their address is Rt. 4 Box 126 

Collins, MS 39428 

FLORA - YODER Derek Flora and Racine Yoder were 
married November 29, at Nappanee, Indiana. 
Their address is 67601 C.R. 1 

Wakarusa, IN 46573 

(219)862-3166 



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